Key facts about Culture

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Culture is for everyone

  • 91 % of adults in Scotland engage in culture. 80%, or four out of five, attend a cultural event or place of culture and 78 per cent participated in a cultural activity in a 12 month period.
  • A survey in Glasgow showed that 92% of residents agree that heritage is important for the country, 80% agree that it is important for their local area and 85% agree it is important for them personally.[2]

Culture has a positive impact on health and wellbeing

  • Those who attend a cultural place or event are over 59% more likely to report good health compared to those who did not. [3]
  • Those who attend a cultural place or event are over one and a half times more likely to have reported high life satisfaction, compared to those who did not.[4]

Culture is a vital part of our economy

  • Culture provides approximately 174 000 jobs in Scotland, 6.6% of the total jobs figure.[5]
  • The arts and creative industries in Scotland have an estimated economic impact of £3 690 million Gross Value Added (GVA).[6]

 

These reports and further evidence on the impact of culture can be found at https://culturecounts.scot/resources/research-summaries/ and on the Culture Counts Delicious feed at https://delicious.com/culturecounts.

You can also visit the Creativity Matters section of the Creative Scotland website – http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/creativity-matters

 

[1] People, Heritage and Culture, Scottish Government, 2015

[2] 20 years in 12 places, Heritage Lottery Fund and Britainthinks, 2015

[3] Healthy Attendance, Scottish Government, 2013

[4] As above

[5] Creative Industries – Focus on Employment, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2015

[6] Economic Contribution Study, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise 2012

 

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