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Annual Household Spending on Culture in Bulgaria at BGN 4

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Bulgaria: Annual Household Spending on Culture in Bulgaria at BGN 4 A Bulgarian household spends a mere BGN 4 on cinema, theater, and concerts a year, according to two surveys on the role of culture in the economy. Photo by BGNES

A Bulgarian household spends a mere BGN 4 on cinema, theater, and concerts a year, according to two surveys on the role of culture in the economy.

The surveys were prepared by the Observatory of Cultural Economics in cooperation with Bulgaria's Ministry of Culture and the Open Society Institute.

According to statistics, cultural spending in Sofia amounts to BGN 12.

The survey indicates that a Bulgarian household spent an average BGN 3 on cultural events in 2009, while the sum was BGN 11 in Sofa.

According to the findings, 74% of Bulgarians, or around 4 million people, did not go to the cinema in 2011.

Meanwhile, about of Bulgarians did not read even one book both in 2007 and in 2011.

The average spending on books per household was BGN 14 in 2008, BGN 13 in 2009 and BGN 12 in 2010.

In Sofia, a household spent on books BGN 26 in 2008, BGN 23 in 2009, and BGN 18 in 2010.

In 2011, nearly half of Bulgarians failed to see a performing arts event.

However, the segment registers an improvement because the share of people who did not see a performance in 2007 was 60%.

The main reason for the meager amount of money spent on cinema, theater, and books was the lack of money, with 30% of respondents saying that they could simply not afford more.

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#13
Chushki - 10 Nov 2012 // 12:31:48

Unfortunately pseudo-intellectuals and self-appointed grammar fascists like Seedy use this forum as a way to try and hide their own personal inadequacies, but succeed only in exposing their own inherent racism and spreading messages of hate.

#12
JKS - 10 Nov 2012 // 10:22:16

I guess I will jump in a reply. I was going to let it go and maybe I should, oh well.

First, Don and Shasho, I think your argument is with the article not me. The article was the one that put cinema into the same category of “culture” that theater, etc. was in. I don’t really care for the whole high brow vs low brow culture argument. My point was merely that the numbers in the article did not match up with my experience and was wondering if it was just me. My comment about Plovdiv wasn’t meant to equate going to movies with culture, it was just tongue in cheek.

Seedy, for the most part I agree with you. My degree is not in English and my written English especially my spelling is lacking to say the least. I don’t teach grammar or spelling I just teach conversational English with the intent of helping the students to practice what they have been learning in their “real” classes. My wife asks me the same questions you do about my teaching ability half the time I speak to her. Shhhh don’t tell my bosses. As far as it being of dubious worth? Maybe.
However now when the students buy their groceries in the US they will be able to understand what the other incoherent grocers are trying to communicate to them. Paper or plastic? ;)

#11
Seedy - 10 Nov 2012 // 08:25:28

DP

The good people of Plovdiv have nothing to be grateful for if what is on offer, regardless of whether or not it is paid for, is something of little or no value - or worse, simply wrong. Being "taught" by a native speaker of a language who can't speak or write it correctly is as useful as having a Maths teachers who is innumerate.

Full marks to JKS if he/she is prepared to give up time for no pay to help people but it is manifestly of dubious worth to "teach" a subject one is insufficiently skilled in oneself - "It's a wise man who knows what he doesn't know..." ;)

#10
Seedy - 9 Nov 2012 // 21:43:05

Don't worry, Chushki - there will always be room on the barbecue grill for another veggie-brain ;)

#9
Chushki - 9 Nov 2012 // 20:33:16

If Seedy has his way, he would force all student associations to säuberung any literature and culture deemed offensive to him and his fascist ideals, whilst at the same time continuing his misguided campaign against what he calls "decadence and moral corruption".

#8
DP - 9 Nov 2012 // 20:31:10

“sadly the good people of Plovdiv will not be speaking or writing correct English any time soon.”

Seedy, surely the good people of Plovdiv appreciate the good deeds of those who care enough to help them in a more meaningful way than feel grateful to you for this petty rhetoric about spelling? Grocer versa pompous ass? Is this what it is all about? The grocer thumbs up anytime...
Stick to the essentials and cut the drivel...

#7
Seedy - 9 Nov 2012 // 15:59:40

1- the fact that many of your students discuss films is more likely to be a reflection of the fact that Bulgaria is one of the centres of internet movie piracy than whether or not they go to the cinema.

2 - "I teach English classes and the cinema is a common topic. from our conversation's..." Are you a grocer, by any chance?

3 - "..based off of .." Judging by the "grocer's apostrophe" above and this example, it appears that sadly the good people of Plovdiv will not be speaking or writing correct English any time soon. Shame on you!

#6
peterperfect - 9 Nov 2012 // 15:16:28

A previous article that states the average wage went up by almost 9% seems to be at odds with this article. Most people would spend some of such a large increase on cinema/theatre etc.

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#4
viking - 8 Nov 2012 // 18:23:25

JKS
I think what Sasha would like to say (and I agree)
When you say "Maybe there is truth to the saying that Plovdiv is the cultural capital of Bulgaria?"
And you infer this has something to do with going to movies?

There is so little in any cinema that has "culture" involved and that includes not only American, but Russian and esp. Indian.

Culture is a walk with children in the park or the great music that never will be popular with the youth of Plovdiv

#3
JKS - 8 Nov 2012 // 17:28:23

sasho,

I am not sure if you were being critical of my comment, if i am misunderstanding you I apologize. I was not making any judgments on the other aspects of culture or any judgments on culture in general.

My point and example was just to show that at least one part of the article didn't seem correct based off of my experience when it came to the numbers listed.

#2
sa-sha - 8 Nov 2012 // 16:48:27

My Lord, I didn't want to interfere, but "According to the findings, 74% of Bulgarians, or around 4 million people, did not go to the cinema in 2011, I find this hard to believe"-----a great amphibian creature "JSK" wrote. What about "theater, and concerts", JSK?
Maybe there is truth to the saying that "Holliwood is all, and the rest is
nothing"? Or, by other words, Idiot remains Idiot? It's about me, "JSK", never about You, sure, You "teach English classes" in BG......

#1
JKS - 8 Nov 2012 // 14:39:56

According to the findings, 74% of Bulgarians, or around 4 million people, did not go to the cinema in 2011.


I find this hard to believe. I teach English classes and the cinema is a common topic. from our conversation's I would say 90% of the students went to the cinema at least once and many of them a number of times.

Maybe there is truth to the saying that Plovdiv is the cultural capital of Bulgaria?

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