Bulgaria Ranked Most 'Culturally Passive' in EU
Bulgaria has been ranked last in the EU by cultural participation, according to data from the pan-European survey of active and passive cultural activities of Eurobarometer.
The results of the survey are pessimistic across the Old Continent, but Bulgaria is below all the other Member States in all categories.
Nearly 27 000 people across the EU (including newcomer Croatia) were interviewed for the survey, which showed that those who described their level engagement in passive cultural activities as high or very high stands at 18%, down from 21% in 2007 when the survey last took place.
In Bulgaria the survey was conducted among 1 018 people between April 26 and May 6, 2013.
The results reveal the sad statistics that 86% of Bulgarians have not been actively involved in any cultural activity during the past 12 months.
Of the remaining 14%, only 1% said they were involved with making film, photography, creative writing and/or acting. Bulgarians, who have indicated that they use computers for creative activities, play a musical instrument, engage in sculpture, drawing, painting or any craft, are under 2%.
18% have used the internet to find information on cultural themes, but 35% never did. When it comes to so-called "indirect use" of internet for cultural purposes, 45% have responded that for them this involved downloading music and movies.
The highest levels of active cultural participation are in Denmark (74%), Sweden (68%), Finland (63%) and the Netherlands (58%). In the he lowest levels of active participation, Bulgaria is followed by Malta (18%), Italy (20%) and Hungary (21%).
Only 12% of EU respondents were involved in photography or in making a film, while 13% say they danced and 11% sang.
The main reasons cited for not engaging in culture are lack of time (44%), lack of interest (50%), lack of money (25%).
27% of Bulgarian respondents indicated it was too expensive to go to the movies (the EU average is 22%), attend concerts - 31% (25%), theater - 27% (20 %), ballet or opera - 16% (14%).
However, the dominant two reasons for Bulgarians are lack of interest and lack of free time. Due to the first reason, 48% have never been in a library, 38% have never seen ballet or opera performances, and 33% have never visited a gallery or museum.
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