The disappointing figures are a missed chance, researchers say, as cultural events like concerts, films, or the theatre are excellent opportunities for socials contacts.
On top of the 50 percent that never goes to a cultural event, some 33 percent only makes a cultural trip three times a year. These people have usually enjoyed a better education and have a higher pension.
Taking into account the aging population, the cultural sector is considering organising more events at a different time of day, at noon for example instead of always in the (late) evening. More attention should also be paid to promoting cultural events in elderly homes, researchers warn.
Asked what they like most, the respondents voiced their liking for Flemish music, theatre and film.