Attendance icon Attendance

Attendance at Victorian performing arts venues and events (ABS figures)

56% of all Victorians aged 15 years or over attended at least one performing arts venue or event in the year 2017-18:

  • 39% attended popular music concerts
  • 19% attended theatre performances
  • 19% attended musicals and operas
  • 10% attended dance performances
  • 20% attended other performing arts (incl. physical theatre and circus arts)

Visit the Audience Atlas Victoria 2019 to learn more about Victoria's arts audiences.

dance icon Creative participation in performing arts

The National Arts Participation Survey conducted by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2019, found that one in ten Victorians, aged 15 and over, creatively participated in dance (11%, up from 8% in 2016).  A similar proportion creatively participated in theatre (9%, up from 8% in 2016).  In 2019, 16% of Victorians aged 15 years and over created music (up from 13% in 2016).  92% of Victorians (4.8 million) listened to and/or watched recorded music.

For consistency with the 2019 methodology, 2016 figures are reported for online sample only and may differ from those published in the previous National Arts Participation Survey reports.

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Employment iconEmployment in the wider sector

Read about employment in the performing arts in Victoria.