Attendance and Engagement

Australians in regional areas participate just as much, but in different types of arts events to those in metropolitan areas

Creative participation in the arts has increased significantly amongst regional Australians, from 39 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2013. This is now at a similar level to Australians living in metropolitan areas (47 percent). In particular, creative participation has risen for Visual Art and Craft (32 percent, from 21 percent in 2009) and Music (20 percent, from 14 percent in 2009).

Although receptive participation in regional areas remains largely unchanged at 93 percent, from 92 percent in 2009, there has been a significant decrease in receptive participation of Visual Arts & Craft (33 percent, from 38 percent in 2009) and Theatre & Dance (32 percent, from 39 percent in 2009).

Regional Australians are more likely to attend Indigenous arts and craft, dance and music events. This is reflected in regional attitudes towards Indigenous arts with a quarter of people having a strong interest compared to 20 percent in metropolitan areas.