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24 Hour Culture Survey

A major survey entitled 24 Hour Culture will launch next month to take a snapshot of how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives across South East Wales.

A major survey entitled 24 Hour Culture will launch next month to take a snapshot of how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives across South East Wales.

The short questionnaire will go live at 24 Hour Culture Wales and is set to celebrate events, venues, organised activities and clubs that respondents might have attended. 

Respondents will be asked what cultural activities they have taken part in during one 24-hour period, from noon on Friday, 21 October to noon on Saturday, October 22.

The survey is also interested in hearing about interests that people undertake, sometimes without even consciously identifying them as cultural, which might include reading a book or watching a film, hearing music, singing or writing poetry.

The initiative is commissioned by What Next? Cardiff and What Next? Valleys, a collective of key arts organisations and individuals in Wales, which has members ranging from large national bodies to independent practitioners.

Laura Drane, Co-founder of What Next? Cardiff said:

"This is a chance for everyone right across ten local authorities to share what they enjoy doing.  We know how important arts and culture can be, and so, we are looking to highlight the what, where and why from individuals, to shine the spotlight on the impact and value that activities have on people's lives.  We are looking to capture story-rich responses, as well numerical data to paint a picture."

Over twenty partners are behind the event, which stretch across a whole range of organisations involved in the arts, from city councils, broadcasters and venues to community organisations, festivals and freelancers.

The ambition is for thousands of people aged 16+ who live in, or engage in arts and cultural activity based in the survey area to take a few moments of their time during and just after the 24 hour period to complete the the survey, where responses are anonymous.  It is anticipated that links to the event will be rolled out across the region via networks, social media and mailing lists of local authorities, arts organisations, libraries, sports associations and many more, in a call to encourage large response rates.

Organisers Good Thing Creative are also putting a call out for 24 volunteers to have their 24 hours of arts and culture choices profiled in a little more detail for an online gallery. The website has more details of how to sign up.  There is also still time for professionals and organisations to get involved with the promotion of the event via their networks, or by contributing resources including funding. Please contact organisers via 24 Hour Culture Wales.

For updates, follow @24HrCulture on Twitter and see Facebook. The official website also features a whole selection of events and activities for inspiration, taking place across South East Wales, which reaches areas including Merthyr and Monmouth to Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent.


Published: 11/10/2016
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