Arts And Cultural Attendance And Participation: Local Region Rates

New Australia Council data tool- How does your region compare to national averages?

Arts And Cultural Attendance And Participation: Local Region Rates


Using 2013/14 Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the Australia Council has published a new interactive data tool that shows cultural attendance and participation across art, craft, theatre, dance, music, and literature based on geographical region.

You can profile your local region, compare it to other regions, select a metropolitan location and compare it to a regional location, and compare any region to the state or national average.

Tony Grybowski, Australia Council for the Arts Chief Executive, said the most recent 2013-14Local Region Arts Engagement data, converted into a user-friendly platform, can compare areas at a local region level across Australia.

“By analysing the ABS data, the new Australia Council online interactive dashboard can reveal museum attendance in Hobart compared to Townsville or, if more people are engaged in creating visual arts in Geelong compared to Darwin,” Mr Grybowski said.

“This type of critical information can be used to better inform and understand how people engage with the arts in their local communities, which is invaluable for all levels of government, locally-based artists and arts organisations, touring programs and businesses operating in the sector.”

The Local Region Arts Engagement dashboard data reveals that:

  • Museums and art galleries were most popular with ACT and Tasmania residents;
  • ACT residents were by far the most engaged as audiences, with 91% attending arts or cultural venues or events, followed by Victoria at 86% and South Australia and Western Australia at 85%;
  • 89% of residents in Cairns attended arts events or venues compared to 73% in Latrobe-Gippsland;
  • More people in Parramatta (23%) created or participated in the arts compared to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (18%); and
  • 47% of people in Warrnambool and South West, Victoria engaged in creating art compared to 28% in Mandurah, WA and 23% in Darwin.

To find out your area’s participation and attendance click here


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