Poverty evolution in Flanders
Poverty and insecurity are finally combined with discrimination in terms of social integration and participation. Thus the most vulnerable groups participate less in culture, sports and social life. The last few years certain theatres made their public space bigger, but as in the main Antwerp Theatre the seats are so far away from the stage you cannot see much. If you want to have better places were sight and hearing are good you have to pay so much that lots of theatre lovers cannot afford it to go regularly to the theatre anymore. The ones without a job are totally excluded. On the other side the poorly educated are not much interested. But not having culture easily at their doorstep they do not come so easily integrated in the Flemish and/or world culture.
In Flanders, where the last twenty years, the gap between the population and its artists increased with the day, the culture interest is very low. In 2010 only 56% of the adult Flemish participated only sporadically in a cultural activity, equivalent to 2.8 million Flemings. That share fluctuated in recent years around 55%. The non-participation in culture is still significantly higher by the elderly and pensioners, unskilled workers and people from the lowest income group.
The artistic symbiosis music theatre calls for be dealt with in different institutional contexts: in education and training, in the media, in policy environments, but at the schools they do not receive any funds anymore to create enough opportunities to go to the museums or theatres. Also lesser sports are presented at school level. This translates itself probably in the low participation of recent years and now approaching a 50% share of the adult population. The majority sports enthusiasts are more looking at sport on television then really being active in sports.
Less educated, people from the lowest income groups and persons with non-EU nationals participate less in voluntary associations. In total slightly less than half of the adult Flemish are active members of one or more associations.
There appears to be no difference between low and high education in terms of income and it is just the highest income group that often have fewer contacts. Almost 7% of the adult Flemish (approximately 350,000 people) has less than weekly contact with neighbours, relatives, friends or acquaintances.