High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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 in 2012 was 90%. Note that the 2012 figure is not directly comparable to those for the years 2007-2011 due to changes in the wording of the cultural attendance and participation question in the Scottish Household Survey. The figures for these years are provided for illustration only. This information is used to inform progress on the Scottish Government’s National Indicator 41: Increase cultural engagement. The indicator will not be updated in 2012, however, and will remain as ‘performance improving’ until two comparable data points are available.
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. Over three quarters (78%) of adults attended a cultural event or place of culture in 2012. For a complete list of cultural places or events, see the Glossary of the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, 2012.
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 was 78%. When reading for pleasure is excluded, the figure is 48%. For a complete list of cultural activities, see the Glossary of the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, 2012.