Indigenous Culture

Indigenous Australians living in remote areas are significantly more likely to participate in Indigenous arts

A greater number of Indigenous Australians live in non-remote areas (245,600) than remote areas (81,500). However, in 2008, participation in selected creative arts activities was higher for those Indigenous people aged 15 years and over living in remote and very remote areas (38 percent) compared with those living in non-remote areas (25 percent).

For arts and crafts, 22 percent of Indigenous people living in remote areas of Australia participated in this activity compared with 16 percent living in non-remote areas. Of those Indigenous people living in remote areas, 21 percent participated in writing or telling stories (16 percent for music, dance or theatre) compared with 14 percent living in non-remote areas (9 percent for music, dance or theatre).

Three in ten Indigenous people living in remote areas attended a festival or carnival involving arts, craft, music or dance in the 12 months prior to the 2008 interview (30 percent). In comparison, 21 percent of Indigenous people living in non-remote areas attended a festival or carnival involving arts, craft, music or dance.