Attendance at cultural events increased considerably in a number of fields between 2005 and 2014.
Consumption expenditures of households for education, recreation and culture increased considerably between 2005 and 2014.
The social, economic and political changes in society, including consequences of the war in Azerbaijan, have had a direct impact on the quantity and quality of cultural institutions and the number of visitors. A considerable number of cultural institutes remain in occupied territories and, thus, remain out of reach for many visitors.
Table 35: Number of attendees of some public cultural institutions, in thsd of persons, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014
|Libraries (# of readers)||2 984,0||2 400,0||2 467,0||2 677,0|
|Participants in clubs||107,0||83 6,0||78,9||72,3|
|Museums||1 196,0||1 477,0||1 804,0||2 531,0|
|Pupils in child music, art and painting schools||69 099,0||72 005,0||70 772,0||68 453|
Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.
Table 35 shows that attendance figures for concerts have increased – this connected with establishment of new bigger concert halls, such as Baku Crystal Hall (up to 25 000 spectators). The numbers visiting museums, libraries and theatres also have increased, which can be explained by the development of these spheres in recent years. Attendance figures for cinemas have increased considerably because of non-state cinemas activities.