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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

With 29 key figures, the new publication allows a look at the cultural sector before the corona pandemic

Press release No. 513 from December 16, 2020

WIESBADEN – Due to the corona pandemic, cultural institutions in Germany are currently affected by restrictions and closings. It is still unclear how many of the around 1.3 million people employed in cultural professions in 2018 and of the 29,000 trainees in culture-specific professions will be affected by job losses and financial losses as a result of the ongoing pandemic. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the share of those employed in cultural professions in 2018 was 3.1% of the total labor force. Around half (50.3%) of them were women. These are some of the results of the newly published publication “Cultural Indicators at a Glance – A Country Comparison” by the statistical offices of the federal and state governments.

The corona pandemic has serious effects on cultural institutions due to canceled events as well as limited opening times and capacities. In 2019, libraries nationwide still recorded 223.4 million visits. The number of visitors in the cinemas was 118.6 million. On average, every resident in Germany visited a library 2.7 times and a cinema 1.4 times. Almost as often as the cinemas, namely 111.7 million visits, the museums counted in 2018, which corresponds to 1.3 visits per inhabitant. 26.1 million visitors attended theater events in the 2017/2018 season, and another 5.4 million performances by public concert and theater orchestras.

It remains to be seen how many cultural institutions will be forced to cease operations permanently due to the pandemic situation. In 2019 there were 9,297 library locations and 1,734 cinemas in Germany. The Institute for Museum Research had a total of 6,741 museums in 2018. In the 2017/2018 season, 128 publicly funded concert and theater orchestras and 807 theaters throughout Germany entertained their audiences on and in front of the stages.

An inventory of cultural use and cultural production in Germany before the Corona crisis is offered by the joint publication “Cultural indicators at a glance – a country comparison“Of the statistical offices of the federal and state governments. The publication comprises a total of 29 key figures from official statistics and other institutions that collect and process figures in the cultural sector. The publication was produced by the Hessian State Statistical Office on behalf of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as part of the “Nationwide cultural statistics” project.

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