Scottish household survey 2016: key findings

Short report summarising the key findings from the Scottish household survey 2016: annual report.



92% were culturally engaged

Cultural engagement

There are high and increasing levels of cultural participation in Scotland.

Around nine in ten (92%) adults were culturally engaged in 2016, either by attending or visiting a cultural event or place or by participating in a cultural activity.

The level of cultural engagement has increased by around 5 percentage points since first recorded in 2007.

Change in cultural attendance since 2012

Change in cultural attendance since 2012

Cultural attendance

Cinemas, museums, historical places, street arts and cultural festivals were visited by more people, an increase of each of these by around 5%.

Libraries were visited by fewer adults; 28% in 2016 compared to 30% in 2012.

Overall, the proportion of those who report they didn't visit any cultural place or event decreased from 22% in 2012 to 17% in 2016.


Email: Emma McCallum,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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