New data on attendance at cultural venues or events

Joe Toohey - Ouyen LaunchThe Australian Bureau of Statistics today released some tasty new data on the attendance of Australians at cultural venues or events.

Digesting the data reveals that over 15 million people attended at least one of the listed cultural venues or events in 2013-14. This works out to be roughly 86% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over, consistent with the % of people who reported attending one of these events in 2009-10.

4.1 million of these people were from Victoria, which works out to be about 88% of the Victorian population aged 15 years and older, slightly above the national average.

Figure 1 compares the % of the population attending the selected cultural venues or events in Victoria with the national average. It shows that, generally, a higher percentage of Victorians were likely to attend these venues or events than the national average for all but dance performances.

Figure 1 also shows that visiting a cinema remains the activity that the highest percentage of the population attended in 2013-14, with 66% of people nationally and 70% of Victorians taking a trip to the movies in this time.

Figure 1 - ABS

Figure 1 – % of Victorian vs National Population Attending Selected Cultural Venues or Events 2013-14 (click image to enlarge)

Also making for interesting consumption is the data on attendance by age bracket. Figure 2 shows total attendance at all venues or events steadily declining as the age of respondents increased, with 95% of 15-17 year olds attending at least one event in 2013-14 compared to 66% of those aged 75 and older.

Figure 2 - ABS

Figure 2 – % of Population Attending Selected Cultural Venues or Events 2013-14 by Age (click image to enlarge)

Please note the % of Population Attending axis begins at 50% in Figure 2.

There was some notable variation by art form within this overall trend. In % of population terms, the most likely age bracket to attend each venue or event were:

  • Art galleries – 55-64 year olds
  • Museums – 35-44 year olds
  • Zoological parks and aquariums – 35-44 year olds
  • Botanic gardens – 35-44 year olds
  • Libraries – 35-44 year olds
  • Archives – 65-74 year olds
  • Classical music concerts – 65-74 year olds
  • Popular music concerts – 18-24 year olds
  • Theatre performances – 45-54 year olds
  • Dance performances – 15-17 year olds
  • Musicals and operas – 55-64 year olds
  • Other performing arts – 25-34 year olds
  • Cinemas – 15-17 year olds

These is plenty more data where this was sourced from at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.