Engagement with culture and the arts during the second year of COVID-19: Report 51

The Tasmania Project Report 23 reported that attending arts and cultural events was extremely common prior to the pandemic: more than 80% of respondents to The Tasmania Project’s second general survey (TTP2) had attended art exhibitions/galleries, museums, cultural festivals, performing arts, and the cinema in the year prior to the pandemic.

The arts, entertainment and cultural industries were among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and its restrictions. In line with this, engagement with arts and cultural events was much less prevalent during the first months of the pandemic, with roughly a third of respondents engaging in arts and cultural events between March and June 2020.

Arts, entertainment and cultural industries have gradually reemerged over the latter half of 2020 and into 2021, albeit to varying extents and in different formats, as restrictions have eased. Re-engaging audiences is a key component of recovery for the industry. Accordingly, The Tasmania Project’s fifth general survey (TTP5) asked about people’s in-person engagement with arts and culture in 2021, so far.

Read the full report here.

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