COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Cultural participation has gown significantly between 1990 and 2009, apart from cinema.

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Portugal/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation  

8.2.1 Trends and figures

Table 7 gives an idea of the overall trends in public participation in cultural activities between 1990 and 2009. There is evidence of a general upward trend in participation (except for a decrease in cinema for the last years). 

Attendance numbers at cultural venues and events have increased significantly over the last decades. There has been a sharp increase in attendance at live events due to a matching increase in the number of new or improved cultural venues. Although the lack of data regarding libraries it is possible to note an increase in the numbers of those that use libraries. This is undoubtedly due to the dynamism generated by the National Public Library Network (RNBP) and the Readership Promotion Programme (integrated with the National Reading Plan in 2007). 

Mention should also be made of the theatre where, despite low numbers in absolute terms, there has also been very marked growth during the period 1990-2009.

Table 7:     Participation, absolute numbers, in thousands, 1990-2009

Year

Cinema

Theatre

Museums

Libraries

Live shows
(except theatre)

Exhibitions

1990

9 593

327

6 317

2 037

680

-

1991

8 234

302

6 578

1 769

666

-

1992

7 848

361

6 596

2 120

839

-

1993

7 786

192

7 202

2 098

767

-

1994

7 135

411

8 292

3 507

979

2 781

1995

7 397

339

8 667

4 101

616

2 397

1996

10 446

281

8 395

4 369

655

2 028

1997

13 708

232

8 286

5 885

929

2 462

1998

14 837

229

8 645

6 368

817

3 900

1999

17 026

407

-

9 262

909

3 364

2000

17 915

614

7 368

9 992

2 296

3 787

2001

19 469

970

8 556

12 096

2 865

4 196

2002

19 480

1 267

9 163

11 893

2 997

5 527

2003

18 723

1 281

8 922

12 794

3 356

4 918

2004

18 800

1 706

8 980

-

5 268

4 958

2005

17 165

1 746

9 725

-

7 292

5 022

2006

16 367

1 556

10 315

-

7 248

5 544

2007

16 318

1 762

9 971

-

8 042

6 890

2008

15 979

1 850

11 648

-

9 254

8 049

2009

15 705

1 816

12 932

-

8 322

8 625

Source:      INE - Estatísticas da Cultura, Desporto e Recreio, 1990/2007; INE, Estatísticas da Cultura, 2008/9. (http://www.ine.pt/).
Note:         Survey on libraries suspended by INE since 2004.


Chapter published: 14-07-2011

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