COVID-19 Population Survey: Wave 3

This report sets out the findings of the third wave of our COVID-19 Population Survey research, with fieldwork undertaken between the 7th and 17th May 2021.

Surveying a representative sample of the population in Scotland, this is the third wave of research, following the first wave which was completed in August 2020, and the second wave which was completed in November 2020.

This survey research, commissioned by Creative Scotland and undertaken by 56 Degree Insight in May 2021, aims to better understand the Scottish population’s attitudes to attending cultural events and venues. It was undertaken as the rollout of COVID vaccines was well underway and the easing of restrictions began, but while Scotland remained in tiered restrictions affecting public life.

The findings show that the desire to attend cultural events and venues remains strong. The creative sectors may, however, recover more slowly than other parts of the economy and public demand will vary between organisations, art forms and the venues in which work is presented.