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Just over nine-in-ten (91%) adults engaged in culture in 2013, either through attending or visiting a cultural event or place or participating in a cultural activity. This was an increase from 90% in 2012.

Cultural engagement by adults in the last 12 months by year

Percentages, 2007 to 2013 data (2013 base: 9,920)


In 2013, four in five (80%) adults attended a cultural event or place in the last 12 months, up from 78% in 2012.  The most popular form of cultural attendance was watching films at a cinema, with 56% of adults having done so in 2013 compared to 54% in 2012. Around a third (32%) attended theatres, making this the second most popular form of attendance. This was an increase from 31% in 2012.

Over three-quarters (78%) of adults participated in some form of cultural activity in 2013. By far the most popular form of cultural participation was reading for pleasure at 68%, though this decreased from 69% in 2012.

Note that the 2012 and 2013 figures are not directly comparable to those for the years 2007-2011 due to changes in the wording of the cultural attendance and participation question in the Scottish Household Survey. The figures for these years are provided for illustration only.

This information is used to inform progress on the Scottish Government’s National Indicator 41: Increase cultural engagement.

For a complete list of cultural activities, places or events, see the Glossary of the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report, 2013.

Analysis on new questions asked in the 2013 Scottish Household Survey on cultural engagement can be found in People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland - Topic Report on results from the 2013 Scottish Household Survey.

Last updated: January 2015


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