Cultural activities on the stage, 2021

The performances on the stages is more than a third less than in 2019, visitors more than half less

In 2021, 15,885 performances were held on the stages of houses of culture, theatres, operas and music institutions in Slovenia, which were attended by about 2 million visitors. The stage production thus shrank to around 64% of that in 2019.

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The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on stage activity lower

Among cultural institutions covered by the survey, 89% (9 percentage points fewer than in 2020) reported that their activity in 2021 was hampered by the epidemic. On the other hand, 74% answered that the situation encouraged other forms of activity in their institution (3 percentage points more than in 2020). 69% of these cultural institutions (20 percentage points fewer than in 2020) had fewer tours of own performances due to the epidemic. Regarding the inclusion of external collaborators in stage activities, 56% (13 percentage points fewer than in 2020) reported that they had fewer external associates, while 40% of institutions (17 percentage points more than in 2020) said that the corona crisis had no impact on the number of their external associates who assist in the implementation of activities; only four (three in 2020) institutions increased the number of external associates last year.


Last year slightly more performances on Slovenian stages than in the first year of the epidemic

In total, 15,885 performances were held on the stages of houses of culture, theaters and music institutions in 2021: 54% of them were the result of own production and co-production, while the rest were events of guest performers or ensembles. Compared to 2020, stage activity increased by almost 42%.
Most of these performances (78%) were held in houses of culture and cultural centers. 20% of them were performed in theaters and both operas, and only a little more than 2% in music institutions (at the headquarters of these institutions), since music institutions mostly tour or perform elsewhere.



Almost 3,600 e-events for the virtual space

Cultural institutions also prepared 3,597 e-events for the virtual space (in 2020: 3,974). Our data show that, in addition to the events held in the cultural institutions themselves, additional virtual events are available to spectators or listeners, which increase the total cultural production by almost 23% (in 2020, the first year of the epidemic, by 35%).

Around 1.9 million visitors  

All events together in houses of culture, theatres, operas and music institutions attracted 1,899 million visitors, each on average 120.
Some cultural institutions also offer visitors free events. In 2021, there were 5,717 such events, or around 36% of the total (22% in 2019 and 26% in 2020); most of them were offered by houses of culture.
The surveyed institutions earned about EUR 4.4 million from tickets sold. A ticket cost on average EUR 10: EUR 8.70 in houses of culture, EUR 11.60 in theaters and operas, and EUR 7.20 in music institutions.

Diverse festival events

Houses of culture, theaters and music institutions organized 192 festivals in 2021, at which 4,428 events took place. Most, 83, were music and dance festivals, 30 were theater festivals and 24 film festivals, while the remaining 56 festivals with almost half of all festival events were classified by cultural institutions as "other" and described as children's, historical, literary, multimedia, research art festival, ethnological, contemporary electronic music festival, etc. Most festivals were organized by houses of culture and cultural centers (155).

Employees and external associates in cultural institutions

In 2021, 2,549 employees and 11,519 external associates were employed in cultural institutions. Compared to 2020, the number of employees decreased by 3%, while the number of external associates increased by almost 26%, but still did not reach the number of external associates in 2019 (13,319 persons). Among external associates, the largest share were voluntary workers (29%), followed by self-employed in culture (22%), those with copyright contracts (19%), students (14%), etc.

Access for the physically, and visually and hearing impaired

Among cultural institutions that had their own premises for carrying out cultural activities, 59% had fully arranged access for persons with physical impairments, while 34% had it partially arranged. Access for people with visual and hearing impairment was fully or at least partially arranged in 40% of these institutions, while in the remaining 60% it was not yet arranged.

Tables with the latest data are available in the SiStat Database.
Performances, attendance productions, Slovenia
201920202021
Performances (premieres and repeats) - total24,91411,22215,885
  own productions, incl. co-productions12,4956,0338,612
  on tours of other institutions12,4205,1887,273
  free of charge performances5,3572,9065,717
Attendance4,453,6421,492,2401,899,654
New productions - total6,7114,3095,842
  in co-production with domestic co-producers3,6632,8693,470
  in co-production with foreign co-producers681220396
All productions - total11,6826,8178,099
  Slovene works only5,6843,6263,964
Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Tours of own performances, Slovenia
201920202021
Total7,7573,6174,821
  in Slovenia6,8153,3374,305
  in the EU754238447
  in other countries (excl. the EU)1894369
Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Festivals and performances, Slovenia
FestivalsPerformances
201920202021201920202021
Total2371741924,6082,1294,428
  music and dancing10870831,040706957
  theatre362630751341644
  film232024505243694
  other7058562,3128382,133
Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
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