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Latvians and festive events – tendencies of the past decade

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore active cultural participation among Latvian residents was noted in 2015. During the last ten years, the sharpest rise may be observed in the share of people attending live performances and sport events.

In 2015, 52.4 % of population indicated that during the last 12 months they have attended live performance – 9.6 percentage points more than in 2006. During the ten years, the number of population attending sport events has risen notably – from 25.2 % in 2006 to 33.5 % in 2015. Out of the total population number, 44.2 % attended cultural sites, while 31.9 % have gone to cinema last year (in 2006 – 25.6 %), according to date from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In 2015, out of the total Latvia population, Riga residents were going to cinema more commonly (42.6 % of Riga residents), attending live performances (56.6 %) and cultural sites (50.8 %). In other regions cultural events (cinema, live performances, and cultural sites) were attended by smaller population share. Zemgale and Latgale residents were among ones visiting cinema less (21.2 % and 21.7 %, respectively), mentioning that there is no cinema nearby as the main reason behind that. Kurzeme residents were the ones attending live performances rather rarely (44.6 %), Latgale residents – cultural sites (29.5 %), while Riga and Latgale residents – sport events (29.3 % and 24.3 %, respectively).

In 2006, cultural and sport events more commonly attended by young people aged 16–24, while in 2015 also population in other age groups tended to do that increasingly more. The share of young people attending live performances has not changed notably during the last ten years (in 2006 – 62.1 %, in 2015 – 62.8 %), while people in other age groups were attending such events significantly more. Last year, live performances were attended by 62.6 % of population aged 25–49, 50.5 % of population aged 50–64, and 32 % of population aged over 65.

The largest share of population aged 25–49 not having limitation in activities people usually do at least once had gone to live performance or attended cultural site during the last 12 months  (65.9 % and 57.5 %, respectively). Notably less people within the same age group and being severely limited had gone to live performances or attended cultural sites – 36.6 % and 31.9 %, respectively.

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