Cinema and theater do not recover after the pandemic

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The cultural sector continued to grow in 2022 compared to the previous year, in a year that was one of recovery but without yet reaching the levels before the pandemic, with the exception of popular music concerts that even increased revenue by 10% compared to 2019.

It is one of the main conclusions of the SGAE 2023 Yearbook of Performing, Musical and Audiovisual Arts, a study that collects basic statistical data on culture and leisure in Spain in 2022 and which was presented this Tuesday by Antonio Onetti, president of the General Society of Authors and Editors; Juan José Solana and Rubén Gutiérrez, president and general secretary of the SGAE Foundation, respectively.

Although live arts grossed 89% more in 2022 than in 2021, the recovery is still not complete in the field of performing arts, classical music and cinema, with a loss close to 40% of the collection compared to 2019.

Regarding the performing arts, in 2022 the number of performances grew by 18.7%, attendance by 29.8% and revenue by 37.9% compared to the previous year. However, compared to 2019 figures, before the pandemic, functions have fallen by 14.6%, while The number of spectators and revenue have decreased by 47.4% and 38.3%respectively.

As Rubén Gutiérrez explained, both in the performing arts and in classical music it is observed that The recovery of supply is ahead of that of public attendance and collection, so it is necessary that public administrations insist on encouraging the presence of spectators.

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