Economic Crisis Hits Live Music Entertainment in Greece



mpouzoukiaThe economic crisis has had a negative impact on live music venues in Greece as fewer people go out for entertainment, a National Center for Social Studies (EKKE) survey showed.

According to EKKE, attendance in live cultural events and activities of any kind has dropped significantly and entertainment habits have changed. According to Greek newspaper “Kathimerini,” live music in big clubs (bouzoukia) has dropped by 45.7% between 2008-09 and 2011-12. Live stages with rebetiko songs showed a decrease of 51.5% for the same period, small live stages by 20.8%, jazz and ethnic music clubs by 21.5%, rock/dance music venues by 9.2%, while classical music and opera halls dropped by 12.4%.

The survey results were presented in a conference at the University of Athens. The research was funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology as part of a bigger project that studies consumption patterns during the time of economic crisis.

Head of research at EKKE Dimitris Emanuel said that the biggest changes in consumption patterns regarding cultural events are shown in people who are small business owners or do menial work. At the same time, people of the upper socio-economic class prefer more high brow entertainment like opera and their consumption habits have only changed slightly.

Emanuel also said that entertainment consumption patterns have changed drastically compared to those of the prosperity era Greeks enjoyed, twenty years before the economic crisis.