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Summary: Ethnicity and Culture

Summary: Ethnicity and Culture

  • In 2016, the percentage of adults who engaged in culture in the previous 12 months (those who attended a cultural event or place or participated in a cultural activity) varied by ethnicity of respondents, although it is not possible to obtain detailed information on many groups. Cultural engagement of the White Other ethnic group was 96%, and 90% for the Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British ethnic groups.

Source: National Indicator: Cultural Engagement (Published: September 2017)

Note: Results on ethnicity should be treated with caution due to sample sizes, and no comparable results are available for more recent surveys


Useful Links

Ethnicity Page

Culture Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 39: Widen use of the internet, data table

National Indicator number 41: Increase cultural engagement, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Ethnicity, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

National Indicator: Cultural Engagement (September 2017) The indicator measures the percentage of adults who have either participated in at least one cultural activity or who have attended or visited at least one cultural event or place in the last 12 months.The figures for this indicator come from the 2016 Scottish Household Survey which is a National Statistics product. Scottish Government are the owners of the data

People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland (January 2015) A more detailed of the culture data from the 2013 Scottish Household Survey. Covers cultural attendance and participation by age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, and religion

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Ethnicity Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to ethnicity.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by ethnic group


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Taking Part focus on: social media (DCMS, April 2016) A Department for Culture, Media and Sport report looking at people in England who use social media and their demographic characteristics. Includes data by age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.






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