/ 21 September 2023

Less reading, more lounging


That’s one of the key takeouts from a new survey examining how Aussies engage with the arts. Out of 10,000 respondents, 68% told the latest National Arts Participation Survey that they had attended a cultural event – including live music, theatre, dance, and literary talks – in 2022, the same as in 2019. But those who attended at least one event a week dropped from 5% to 3% as living costs began to rise, with 3 in 10 people saying they aren’t attending events due to price increases. And as Aussies spent more nights at home, the number of those going to an event every few months rose from 18% to 21%. While music remains the nation’s favourite cultural pastime, our love of books is declining, with those of us reading for pleasure dropping from 72% to 69%. That might change now that actor Matthew McConaughey has released his first children’s book

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