Australians show passion for cultural pastimes
More than a quarter of the 17.7 million Australians aged 15 years and over took part in some sort of cultural activity, such as craft, singing, painting, acting or playing a musical instrument in 2010-11, a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.
Of that 4.7 million (27% of the population), 10% participated in textile crafts, jewellery-making, wood or paper crafts.
Next came sculpting, painting, drawing or cartooning at 8%, followed by singing or playing a musical instrument, and photography and filmmaking, with a 6% participation rate.
Drama, opera, musicals, fashion and interior design drew 2% of the population.
People aged 15–24 years had the highest participation rate in cultural activities, at 34%, with more women (31%) than men (23%) involved.
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