Arts attendance by region, qualification, ethnicity and social class

Stephen Woods made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Please could you provide me with you response databases, from your "Taking Part" questionnaires, from 2006 to 2015.

I am particularly interested in breakdowns for the question, "In the last 12 months have you been to any of the events below?"

1. Film at a cinema or other venue
2. Exhibition or collection of art, photography or sculpture
3. Craft exhibition (not crafts market)
4. Event which included video or electronic art
5. Event connected with books or writing
6. Street arts (art in everyday surroundings like parks, streets or shopping centres)
7. A public art display or installation (an art work such as sculpture that is outdoors or in a public place)
8. Circus (not animals)
9. Carnival
10. Culturally specific festival (for example, Mela, Baisakhi, Navrati)
11. Play / drama
12. Pantomime
13. Musical
14. Opera / operetta
15. Classical music performance
16. Jazz performance
17. Other live music event
18. Ballet
19. Contemporary dance
20. African people’s dance or South Asian and Chinese dance
21. Other live dance event
22. None of these [single code]

I would like to see responses to these, broken down by event, from all questionnaires from 2006 to 2015, with additional multivariate analysis information about

Age, Gender, Region, type of area (urban/rural etc) qualification, ethnicity and social class

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Woods

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,
Please could you provide this for me in database format (eg. excel documents)

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Woods

Birgitte Charles, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Woods,

 

Thank you for your six information requests of 30 May where you asked for
information relating to the DCMS Taking Part questionnaires and funding
for Drama/Theatre/Film.

 

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relating to cultural activities.

 

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Dear Birgitte Charles,

I'm sorry I had no idea it would take that long! I had presumed all of the information would be stored on one or two data documents, but in retrospect that is a very silly presumption :)

Please could I then revise my request to something much simpler and less demanding? Such as:

Can you send me the file which stores data collected from your most recent Taking Part survey, in particular which addresses arts attendance "In the last 12 months have you been to any of the events below?"

I hope this revised request is ok!

Yours sincerely

Stephen Woods

Birgitte Charles, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Woods,

Thank you for your information request of 2 June. You asked:

“Can you send me the file which stores data collected from your most
recent Taking Part survey, in particular which addresses arts attendance
"In the last 12 months have you been to any of the events below?"

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please see below information in response to your request:

The most recent Taking Part report (2014/15 Quarter 3) including tables
containing data on arts engagement can be found here:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

A breakdown of arts attendance at specific types of events can be found in
our short report 'Focus on Artforms'. The report and accompanying data
tables can be found here:

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

Finally, access to the most recent dataset available (2013/14) from the UK
Data Service can be found here:

[3]http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/seri...

 

I hope this is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

[4]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

Complaints and comments

As is customary in our replies, I would like to explain that if you are
dissatisfied with any aspect of our response to your request for
information and/or wish to appeal against information being withheld from
you please send full details within two calendar months of the date of
this email to:  [5][email address]

You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to
investigate any aspect of your complaint. Please note that the ICO is
likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted
before beginning his investigation.

 

 

References

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1. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...
2. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...
3. http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/seri...
4. http://www.gov.uk/dcms
5. mailto:[email address]

Dear Birgitte Charles,

That is exactly the data I was requesting, thank you for your time and effort :)

Many thanks,

Stephen Woods