Research shows it's easier for Britons to get culture than for people in any other European country

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Forget the opera houses of Italy or the concert halls of Vienna—it's easier for people in Britain than in any other European country to get culture, new research shows.

Overall, people in the UK are more likely to have the income, time and cultural education to visit galleries, concert halls and music venues and to feel they have the cultural knowledge to enjoy this, the study says.

Dr. Tal Feder, of Tel Aviv University, analyzed on 27,000 people in 29 European countries to ask them how easy it was to access culture. The survey asked participants which were the main barriers to taking part in .

Dr. Feder told the European Sociological Association conference in Manchester, UK, today [Thursday 22 August] that people in the UK and the Republic of Ireland found it easiest among all the countries studied to find the time and money to attend cultural events.

They were also among the most likely to feel they knew enough about culture to attend.

Using data from the 2007 survey, he found that Britons were 69 percent less likely to report having no time to take part in cultural activities than the average for people in other European countries.

They were 35 percent less likely to report that taking part in cultural activities was too expensive for them than people in other European countries, 81 percent less likely to report having limited choice or poor quality of cultural activities, and 63 percent less likely to report lacking knowledge or to take part in cultural activities.

"People in the UK and the Republic of Ireland had exceptionally low levels of price, time and cultural background barriers," he said.

Dr. Feder said that the capability to enjoy and understand culture was an important aspect of how easy it was for people to get access to it.

"The ease of access among people to culture is built by education, such as formal art education in schools or other educational institutes, or by socialization and connoisseurship in the family.

"People in Britain and Ireland were less likely than those in most countries studied to feel that they couldn't understand culture because of their education and background," he said.

The UK and Ireland also scored around the average for the availability of events close to their homes.

Overall, said Dr. Feder, "Countries with the lower levels of access to are former soviet, eastern European countries, while western European countries with a long heritage of democratic welfare regimes have higher levels.

"Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland constitute exclusively the top access cluster, while the Mediterranean and southern European countries are situated in the middle access clusters."

Dr. Feder found that the richer the country, the more its citizens could afford the price of cultural events—where events were expensive to get into, this discouraged people.

He also found that the cultural policies of governments influenced whether they citizens attending cultural events.


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Aug 22, 2019
Well, that sounds plausible except that they actually seem to reject culture if it isn't English echo chamber culture. See also: Brexit.

Aug 22, 2019
Oh! Those ducelent tones of Brexit
Well, that sounds plausible except that they actually seem to reject culture if it isn't English echo chamber culture. See also: Brexit.

Come Halloween, the orchestras will be working overtime

Aug 22, 2019
Ahhh Brexit. The very word brings to mind what PM Boris Johnson himself proclaimed, that "We will make Britain great again."
(sigh) If only.

The appreciation of British culture is rare in the US in spite of English being the main 'lingua franca'. It is mainly due to the diversity of cultures that seem to compete for attention and fandom, and results in an exclusion of other cultures in which the "others" are not members of the current cultural theme.
But most other ethnicities are able to have their day in the sunshine, so to speak. St. Patrick's Day is a big celebration in cities like New York. They even have a Puerto Rican Day parade. The Germans, Poles and Italians also get their turn. And famous museums, libraries and theatres are practically everywhere in the larger cities that have good-paying fans.

Aug 23, 2019
This Sceptered Isle
SEU> Ahhh Brexit. The very word brings to mind what PM Boris Johnson himself proclaimed, that "We will make Britain great again."
(sigh) If only

This royal throne of kings
This sceptered isle
This earth of majesty
This seat of Mars
This other Eden
Demi-paradise
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war
This happy breed of men
This little world
This precious stone set in the silver sea
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house
Against the envy of less happier lands
This blessed plot
This earth
This realm
This England

This Boris come this Halloween
These witches doth screech and cackle
Over this parliament of Brexit
For this is this night of make or break
Of Boris and This Sceptered Isle

William Shakespeare
26 April 1564
23 April 1616 (aged 52)
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Aug 23, 2019
Beautifully transcribed. Thank you.

Aug 30, 2019
This blessed plot
This earth
This realm
This England

You mean 'This festering pit of illiberal squalor and disenfranchisement?' 'This laughing stock of the free world, cutting off its own nose to spite its face?' 'This prison island, stripping its own people of rights and prosperity and freedom?' 'This system of political bedlam' ?

The United Nations should send in the troops to hang the queen for her crimes against democracy.

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