Greeks seek less cul­ture in cri­sis

New re­search shows that trips to theater, con­certs have dipped in last years

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The early re­sults of a survey car­ried out by Greece’s Na­tional Cen­ter for So­cial Re­search (EKKE) and pre­sented by the Univer­sity of Athens yes­ter­day in­di­cated that the fi­nan­cial cri­sis has led Greeks to cut back on en­ter­tain­ment.

Greeks have re­duced their cul­tural pur­suits by an av­er­age of 15 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the EKKE survey.

“In some cases, the re­spon- dents said that they had not been to a sin­gle cul­tural or en­ter­tain­ment event for the last two years, which un­der­lines the ma­jor change in the be­hav­ior of Greek con­sumers,” said Dim­itris Em­manouil, who is the head of re­search at EKKE and was in charge of the survey, whose pre­lim­i­nary re­sults were un­veiled yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, 62 per­cent of re­spon­dents said that they had been to no or few mu­sic events over the last two years. Also, 78 per­cent said they hardly at­tended any dance shows or plays, while 40 per­cent were in­fre­quent vis­i­tors to the cin­ema.

De­spite the de­cline, Em­manouil said that the per­cent­age of Greeks at­tend­ing cul­tural events still com­pared fa­vor­ably to some other coun­tries, such as the UK, where non­par­tic­i­pa­tion rates can reach as high as 80 per­cent for some forms of cul­ture.

On av­er­age there has been a 26 per­cent drop dur­ing the cri­sis in the fre­quency with which Greeks at­tend mu­sic shows. The reg­u­lar­ity with which they go to theater or dance events has fallen by 14 per­cent.

“The big­gest change in the attendance of cul­tural events was ob­served among un­skilled work­ers or own­ers of small or medium-sized busi­nesses, in­clud­ing store own­ers,” said Em­manouil.

Demo­cratic Left (DI­MAR) chief Fo­tis Kou­velis (left) met with Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias (right) yes­ter­day. Kou­velis asked Papou­lias to call a meet­ing of party lead­ers to forge a common po­si­tion ahead of debt re­lief talks with the eu­ro­zone. How­ever, on ex­it­ing the meet­ing the DI­MAR chief said that it ap­pears the gov­ern­ment will not be able to se­cure the elec­tion of Papou­lias’s suc­ces­sor in Fe­bru­ary and that Greece would have to hold na­tional elec­tions the fol­low­ing month.

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