Dossier

Cultural participation and wellbeing. What do the data tell us?

Culture

Culture plays an important role in constructing and consolidating the bases for social cohesion and inclusion and for individual and collective wellbeing. The fourth issue of the Dossier from the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" analyses the factors that determine the cultural participation of citizens and reflects on how to guarantee equal conditions for such participation.

Article

Cultural consumption: a question of taste or of price?

Culture
Juan Prieto Rodríguez, María José Pérez Villadóniga and Sara Suárez Fernández, University of Oviedo

This article from the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" analyses the role played by education and income in people’s participation in cultural activities of different types.

Cultural consumption: a question of taste or of price?

Article

The impact of culture and leisure on the happiness of Spanish people

Culture
Nela Filimon, Department of Economics, University of Girona

Happiness depends on many factors, prominently including participation in cultural and leisure activities. This article from the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" reflects on this theory in relation to the individual and social dimensions of culture.

The impact of culture and leisure on the happiness of Spanish people

Interview

“One of the functions of art is to open up debates in society”

Culture
Jen Snowball, Professor, Department of Economics and Economic History, Rhodes University

In this interview with the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" Jen Snowball shares her reflections on the value created by the art and culture sector and the concept of “culturally sustainable development”.

“One of the functions of art is to open up debates in society”

Review

Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

Culture
Antonio Ariño Villarroya, University of Valencia

This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.

Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

Best practices

CaixaEscena

Culture
Jaume Colomer, cultural management consultant, director of Bissap and associate professor at the UB
A performing arts-based programme that integrates social, educational and cultural action.
CaixaEscena

Infodata

Economic activity generated in the cultural sector

Culture

What is the impact of cultural activity on the economy? In 2014, services companies in Spain working in the cultural activity sector represented 3.73% of the total economy.

Economic activity generated in the cultural sector

Infodata

Employment in the cultural sector

Culture

How many people work in the cultural sector? In 2015, the cultural sector employed 2.5% of the population of Spain. This figure is lower than the European average.

Employment in the cultural sector

Infodata

Public investment in culture

Culture

How much do countries invest in culture? In the last decade, the governmental authorities in Spain have reduced the funding of cultural services.

Public investment in culture

Infodata

Amateur artistic practices

Culture

Playing an instrument, singing, photography... In 2015, some 14.2% of citizens undertook some amateur artistic activity at least once per week.

Amateur artistic practices

Infodata

New forms of cultural participation

Culture

Income level influences habits in cultural participation online. What happens in our peer countries?

New forms of cultural participation

Infodata

Satisfaction with cultural spaces in European cities

Culture

What is the opinion of citizens regarding the cultural spaces available in their places of residence? This indicator shows in which European cities the residents appear to be most satisfied.

Satisfaction with cultural spaces in European cities

Infodata

Difficulty in accessing cultural services

Culture

Reasons such as timings and distance may complicate the access of citizens to cultural spaces. In 2012, some 32% of the population of Spain considered it was difficult to access cultural services, 4 points higher than the European average.

Difficulty in accessing cultural services

Infodata

Opinion regarding the presence of immigrants in the country’s cultural life

Culture

How does the presence of immigrants influence the country’s cultural life? In 2014, some 49% of Spanish people considered that the presence of immigrants enriched the country’s cultural life.

Opinion regarding the presence of immigrants in the country’s cultural life

Infodata

What importance does culture have when planning holidays?

Culture

Culture was one of the main reasons for 29% of the Spanish population when it came to planning holiday travel in 2015. Three points above the European average.

What importance does culture have when planning holidays?

Infodata

Participation in studies related with culture by gender

Culture

In all the countries, courses related with culture involved more women than men in 2015. In Spain, 57.8% of students with culture-related qualifications were women.

Participation in studies related with culture by gender

Infodata

Percentage of the population that took at least one training course related with culture in the last year

Culture

How many people participate in complementary training courses linked to culture? In 2015, 5.9% of the Spanish population underwent some training of this type.

Percentage of the population that took at least one training course related with culture in the last year