Latvia's cultural life took a hit in 2022

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Data published on April 5 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that due to COVID-19 restrictions, people participated in cultural life, i.e., attended live performances and sports events, visited cultural sites, or went to cinema, notably less in 2022.

In 2022, 31.3 % of the population aged 16 and over had visited cultural sites at least once, which is 13 percentage points fewer than in 2015 when CSB surveyed the population about social and cultural participation previously. An even steeper decline was registered in the share of people who had attended live performances – from 52.4 % in 2015 to 23.1 % in 2022. The share of people who had attended live sports events has dropped from 33.5 % to 12.4 % and of those who went to the cinema from 31.9 % to 14.4 %.

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Restrictions on gatherings and caution to make social contacts were among the main reasons for not participating in cultural life last year.  Because of COVID-19, 37.9 % of people did not attend live performances, 32.6 % did not visit cultural sites and 22.3 % did not go to the cinema and attend live sports events.

Young people have more active cultural life

In 2022 life performances and sports events as well as cinema and cultural sites more commonly were attended by people in the age group 16–24 (incl.). Compared to other age groups, young people more frequently went to the cinema (38.7 %) and attended live sports events (30.1 %). Among the elderly (people aged 65 and over), just a small share of people attended cinema and live sports events (2.4 % and 2.8 %, respectively). A smaller gap was registered between those attending live performances and cultural sites. Live performances were attended by 12.0 % of the elderly (aged 65+) and 32.8 % of youngsters (aged 16–24) while cultural sites by 15.8 % and 44.7 %, respectively.

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