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Culture skipped as fitness comes first

Culture skipped as fitness comes first : “SPORT and exercise are faring well against culture in the battle for leisure time, as attendances at libraries, museums and art galleries fall short of expectations.

A new study comparing participation rates across leisure activities has found that more people than forecast are choosing to take a walk, rather than exercise their mind at their local library or gallery.”

More people are exercising and it’s good for them and good for the neighbourhood. Having more people out and about creates a neighbourly feeling and a better sense of safety. This in itself is beneficial. Human contact of the positive kind is very heart warming. Around here people have gone back to the head nodding and the cheery greeting and some even venture a comment or two. It has made us all feel better , but we also know we can go out for a walk more safely . As for the arts, then those sorts of things have always been popular in Adelaide. We like sport, fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but we love our plays, cinema and cultural events. Maybe because we are smaller and maybe because Adelaide does events well. We read on the trains, swap ideas about he best shows to go to and I guess it’s the word of mouth approach which keeps that aspect of our cultural selves alive. Enthusiastic friends make you want to see things for yourself!



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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