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Although general willingness to attend in person arts and culture is up, the vulnerability gap seems to be widening.

Older people and those with disabilities or long term health conditions remain the most cautious about 'getting back to normal', while under-25 year-olds are leading the return charge.

  • Those who identify as disabled/(D/d)eaf/having a long-term health condition (from now on ‘disabled’) are less likely to say they are back to normal in attending events and are even more likely to say they’ll attend events more locally.
  • Normal attendance levels are driven by the 16-24 age group, where over half agree they are back to normal.
  • Back to normal attitudes and attendance are also much higher in Asian/Asian British people.
  • As expected, the over 65s are more likely to say they won’t attend cultural events as often in the future.

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Disabled audiences post Covid

Looking at what the data tells us about disabled audiences likely arts and culture engagement habits (both in person and physical) post COVID, and the strong support for continued and expanded access provision amongst the wider public.

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Disabled audiences through Covid

If this important audience group isn’t to be lost in future, venues will need to ensure that disabled audiences are reassured about the safety measures in place, as well as about the behaviour of other attenders. This is challenging, but the alternative is a stark rise in inequality of access to culture.

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Re-opening for every kind of audience

As Arts Council England has stated that “a good opening is an inclusive reopening” and The Audience Agency very much agrees.

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Inequality through Covid

Looking at Cultural Participation Monitor data to see who is more negatively impacted and how that relates to, or exacerbates, previously existing and ongoing inequalities in audiences.

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