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In 2018

Number of museum visitors decreased while cinema and live shows spectators also dropped. Expenditure in cultural and sports activities by the local administration increased

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) releases today on its website the time series on Culture, Sport and Recreation updated with information for 2018.

Museums with fewer visitors than in 2017 and art galleries with fewer exhibitions

In 2018, the 18 museums in the Autonomous Region of Madeira which met the eligibility criteria of the Museums Survey displayed 99 thousand goods and had 211 thousand visitors, down by 19.6% from 2017. 63.2% of the visitors were foreign (133 thousand) and 13.6% were integrated in school groups.

Data collected from the art galleries and other temporary exhibition spaces survey show that 278 exhibitions (down by 8.9% from 2017) with 8,939 pieces (8,921 in 2017) took place in the 33 spaces in activity in Madeira.

In the reference year, 28 periodic publications were counted in Madeira having been released a total of 4.4 million copies (down  by 4.9% from 2017).

In 2018, there were 17,450 cinema exhibitions in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, a 3.1% decrease over the previous year. The number of spectators in 2018 went down by 9.1% and stood at approximately 265 thousand, with ticket revenues amounting to 1.4 million euros, a 7.2% decrease over the year 2017.

Last year, 1,182 live shows were performed, with a total of 320.1 thousand spectators, of which 66.3 thousand paid for the ticket, generating receipts of 733 thousand euros. Compared to 2017, the number of shows and spectators decreased by 22.3% and 1.6%, respectively; the tickets sold (+20.2%) and revenue (+21.4%) increased from 2017.

In the botanic gardens and aquariums of Region 716.7 thousand visitors were counted in 2018, the majority of which originating from foreign countries (89.7%). The number of visitors rose by 0.6% from the previous year.

According to the 2018 “Survey on Financing of cultural, recreation and sports activities by the local administration”, the share of expenditure by the local administration of Madeira in cultural and sports activities stood at 5.3%, unchanged from the previous year. However, the expenditure in those activities grew by 14.8% to 11.0 million. Of this amount, 76.3% was destined for culture and 23.7% for sport.

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