Research and analysis

International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport

The following report was written by Orian Brook who carried out a research fellowship that was jointly-funded by ESRC and DCMS.

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International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport

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International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport part 1, pages 1-12

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International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport part 2, pages 13-38

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Cinema attenders

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Book readers

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Sports events attenders

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Performing arts attenders

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Museums and galleries attenders

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Library attenders

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Heritage attenders

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Culture attenders

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International 

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Feeling fulfilled in personal and professional life

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Standard of living

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Associatons/cultural connotations

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Barriers

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Participation in the last 12 months

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Attendance in the last 12 months

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Detail

The report uses Eurobarometer, Eurostat and other data to compare Great Britain with other European countries in relation to public engagement in sport and culture.

Key findings include: cultural attendance and sports participation in GB are both higher than the average for Europe; higher rates of personal fulfilment are found for those that attend all kinds of culture, compared to those that do not; and rates of attendance between countries seem to be related to levels of government spend on culture, even once population differences are controlled for, although improved data and country contextualisation are required to substantiate this.

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Appendices (data files)

These are presented in MS Excel format, file size is less than 500kb each.