On population participation in cultural and sport events


Culture rises the public awareness, and in the meantime cultural activities is one variant how to spend free time. Answer to the question, if the participation in cultural and sport events in society still is common form of spending free time, can be found in the data of the EU-SILC1 2006 survey, carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau, in which respondents aged 16 and older were interviewed.

Answers to the question ‘’How many times within last 12 months you have attended cultural and sports events?''
(in per cent)

Plays and concerts are cultural events that are attended by the people most often. Within last 12 months each third has attended mentioned events at least 1-3 times. Attendance of plays and concerts is the form of cultural activities in which unlike other cultural and sporting activities people of all age groups are participating.

Frequency of play or concert attendance within different age groups
(in per cent)

Even at age group above 65 each fifth (20.6%) person has attended plays and concerts at least once within last 12 months, what is far more often compared to other cultural events.

According to the survey data, plays and concerts within the possibility margins are attended by both the poorest and the richest population. The graph characterises the different income level population participation in cultural and sports events, depending on the affiliation to the quintile groups3 of disposable income. It presents the share of population who within last 12 months has attended the cultural and sport events included in the graph at least once.

Different income level population participation in cultural and sports events (in per cent)

According to the survey data, going to cinema is not one of the most popular form of participation in cultural events at all, what could be explained with the fact that, from 26 districts, excluding seven cities under state jurisdiction, possibility to attend cinema is available only in 14 districts. But cinema has not lost its popularity among the young people (aged 16-24), 2/3 of population at this age group has attended cinema at least once a year. Cinema was most popular way how to spend free time among young girls aged 16-24, of which each sixteenth attended cinema more than 12 times within last year. Boys and youngsters at this age group compensated it with equally active participation (6.2% - more than 12 times) in sport events, what in both cases is the highest indicator among all the other age groups.

It should be concluded that, cultural life and its activities are livelier in capital, and significantly less outside of it. In Latgale, where the population income level is the lowest in Latvia, 88% of the population aged 16 and over had not attended cinema within last 12 months, what is 12 percentage points more than on average in Latvia. Similar situation may be observed also regarding other cultural events. But it may not be related to the Latgale population participation in sports events, this indicator is similar to the average level of Latvia.


1 Community Statistics on Income and Living conditions (EU-SILC), which in all Member States of the European Union is carried out using united methodology and definitions.

2 In EU-SILC survey of 2006 totally 9.1 thousand respondents aged 16 and older were surveyed.

3 Quintile – one fifth of the number of the surveyed households, which are grouped in growing sequence by disposable income per one household member.

Prepared by Social Statistics Department
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