Why this story matters:
mental health, art, Malta
Unsurprisingly, less than 1% of Maltese participants said that lack of proximity was a problem for them. For comparison, 29% of Romanians who said it was specifically distance that stopped them from participating in cultural events.
As Valletta is preparing to become the European Capital of Culture in January 2018, cultural participation statistics set the Maltese into an optimistic mood. Eurostat has announced its culture statistics, showing that the Maltese were less constrained by financial concerns or distance to cultural institutions in their choice of cultural content. In the league of frequent consumers of culture are residents of mostly richer countries, such as Finland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
A local lifestyle news site, Lovin Malta, corroborates the released statistics with national survey results. It reported that parish feasts are the most frequented cultural events, and participation in culture is on the rise. Earlier in December, NewsMavens published an interview with Maltese economist Dr Marie Briguglio, whose research shows that active cultural participation is an important determinant of happiness and quality of life.
Details from the story:
- Maltese people practise art at the third highest rate from the EU countries surveyed.
- Money is less of an issue for the Maltese compared to most Europeans, with only 9% stating that reason for not consuming more culture.
- A survey by Art Council Malta in 2016 found that participation in culture is on the rise.
- Culture participation surveys among Maltese residents are carried out around every 5 years.
- In addition to parish feasts, another local peculiarity is the tradition of band clubs - musical bands with a strong local identity. The latest data from the National Statistics Office show that 1 in 125 Maltese men and 1 in every 333 women are resident members of these bands.