Attendance and Engagement

Total estimated attendances have increased from 47 million in 2005-06 to 55 million attendances in 2009-10

ABS estimates suggest the number of attendances at art venues or events increased 17 percent between 2005-06 and 2009-10. Art venues and events made up around 21 percent of the total number of cultural attendances in 2005-06, increasing to 24 percent in 2009-10.[1]

While all art venues and events saw increased attendance in 2009-10, the largest increases were for art galleries (around 1.7 million additional attendances in 2009-10) and popular music concerts (around 3.7 million additional attendances in 2009-10).

Attendances at other arts events, such as classical music concerts and theatre performances, also increased slightly over the period.


[1] Conservative estimate based on how often Australians attend the arts.

Non-arts cultural activities include attending museums, botanic gardens, cinemas, zoos, aquariums and libraries.