High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, August 28, 2012
Cultural Engagement, Participation and Attendance
The percentage of adults who have engaged in culture is defined as those who have either participated in a cultural activity or who have attended at least one type of cultural place in the previous 12 months.
The level of cultural engagement has increased from 85% in 2010 to 87% in 2011. Between 85% and 87% of adults have engaged in culture in the last 12 months in each of the years from 2007 to 2011. This information is used to inform progress on the Scottish Government’s National Indicator 41: Increase cultural engagement.
Attendance at “a cultural event or place of culture” is defined as those people who attend at least one type of cultural place in the previous year. There are a number of different types of cultural events and places of culture. Examples of these include cinemas, libraries and live music events. Around three quarters (76%) of adults attended a cultural event or place of culture in 2011. This is an increase from levels in 2009 and 2010 (74%) but is the same as recorded in 2007. For a complete list of cultural places or events, see the Glossary of the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, 2011.
Participation in any cultural activity means that people take part in at least one activity in the previous year. Examples of cultural activities include reading for pleasure, dancing and crafts. The percentage of adults who participated in a cultural activity in the last 12 months has increased from 71% to 73% between 2010 and 2011 but this is lower than the value recorded in 2007 and 2008 (74%). For a complete list of cultural activities, see the Glossary of the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, 2011.