Amateur cultural activities
Statistical activity code: 40409
Amateurs of folk culture by field of activity, age, sex and national origin
Amateur folk culture groups by field of activity
Institutions and organisations with amateur groups by type and type of owner
Instructors of folk culture groups by professional education
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Age group – an age group to which the instructor of the folk culture group believes most of the amateurs in the group belong. If there are amateurs of different ages in the group, the instructor can indicate ‘different age groups’. From 2008 to 2015, ‘different age groups’ were classified as adults.
Amateur of folk culture – a participant and performer in the field of folk culture who practices folk culture in the free time and outside the main job. In most cases, no remuneration is received for the activities. Participants in so-called ‘project groups’ or groups that are active for less than one year are not included. In most cases, instructors of amateur groups of folk culture are professionals with special education.
Community centre – a building designed for creating culture and participation in culture, where cultural activities and events are carried out by amateurs and professionals. Included are civic centres, society houses, village houses, cultural centres, hobby centres and other similar institutions used for mediating culture.
County – the county of activity or meeting of the folk culture group.
Field of activity – folk culture activity area of an amateur folk culture group. These are:
- Folklore – intangible cultural tradition from storytelling to folk music of Estonians and local minorities that has been preserved or revived and handed down from generation to generation. Folklore expressions include language, folk songs, folk music, folk dance, customs, ethnographic handicraft and other forms of traditional culture; communal activities, rituals and festive events. For example, a folklore group plays folk music but between musical pieces presents oral texts derived from the local lore of some locality or country. Amateur groups of folk culture include permanent groups. So-called ‘project groups’ that have come together for a project or for less than one year are not included.;
- Amateur theatre – a permanent non-professional theatre for children, youths or adults that prepares and performs drama, music, dance and other performances. In most cases, there are no professional actors in amateur theatre groups and the actors are not paid. Amateur theatres include folk theatre, village theatre, student theatre, school theatre, puppet theatre, drama groups, handicap theatre. Project groups that have come together for a project, a single performance or are active for less than one year are not included.;
- Choral music – includes amateur chamber choirs, boys’ choirs, girls’ choirs, women’s choirs, men’s choirs, children’s choirs, mixed choirs and other types of choirs;
- Choral music performers – includes participants in hobby choirs such as boys', girls', women’s, men’s, children’s, mixed, chamber choirs or other choirs;
- Other vocal music – includes different vocal music ensembles. Included are mixed ensembles, social singing groups, women’s ensembles, boys’ ensembles, men’s ensembles, girls’ ensembles, children’s singing groups and singing studios and soloist studies;
- Wind music – includes amateur brass orchestras and ensembles;
- Folk music – folk songs and folk music. Folk music is played by folk groups (mostly folk music ensemble/orchestra) and individual performers; folk music is usually performed by amateurs.;
- Folk dance – a dance performed mostly with folk music or music inspired by folk music. Folk dance is an amateur traditional dance of Estonians and other ethnicities and tradition/folklore-based original choreography. Included are permanent folk dance groups.;
- Handicraft – handicraft based on the national traditions or working methods of ethnic-cultural groups. Included are artisans in societies and those with professional qualifications (with a professional certificate). Individuals who do handicrafts for their own pleasure and use at home are not included.;
- Other activities – dance, instrumental music, cultural management, activities of cultural societies and other fields of folk culture that cannot be classified under any of the other fields of activity shown in the table.
Folk culture – the field covers recreational creative activities based on national traditions, traditional culture, intangible cultural heritage, research, preservation and recording of national and local cultural traditions, public cultural events and social activities, training and continuing education in the field of folk culture. Folk culture includes various fields of activity, including intangible cultural heritage research, recreational choral singing, folk dance, handicraft, theatre, folklore, social life, etc. (See “Field of activity”).
Society – a non-profit organisation operating in the field of folk culture. Partnerships are excluded. An umbrella organisation may also be called a central society.
Institutions enabling the traditional culture of Estonians and other nations and artistic and regular recreational activities based on national traditions and amateurs active in these institutions
Folk culture organisations, collectives and individuals who submitted a report to the Folk Culture Centre
Estonia as a whole
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Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Social life / Culture / Amateur cultural activities” in the following tables:
KU61: Amateurs of folk culture by county and field of activity
KU62: Amateurs of folk culture by county, field of activity and age group
KU63: Amateurs of folk culture by county, field of activity and national origin
KU64: Amateurs of folk culture by county, field of activity and sex
KU65: Amateur groups of folk culture by county and field of activity
KU66: Institutions and organizations with amateur groups by county and type of institution
KU67: Institutions and organizations with amateur groups by county and type of institution
KU69: Instructors of folk culture groups by county and professional education
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Data serve as input for statistical activity 50101 “Regional development”.
Estonian Folk Culture Centre also disseminates data on their webpage https://rahvakultuur.ee/andmebaas/.
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Ministry of Culture
Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities
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Use of administrative data ensures complete coverage and timeliness.
Use of administrative data ensures data accuracy.
The people who enter the data in the register may make mistakes during data entry which are impossible to discover. Institutions may not update all the data annually as required. In a few cases, a group that is active in several fields of folk culture is included under several fields at the same time and performers are counted under each field.
Data are published for the whole of Estonia and counties. Geographical comparability at international level cannot be assessed.
The time series begin in 2008 and are fully comparable.
The cross-domain coherence can not be assessed. The data on amateurs of folk culture, amateur folk culture groups and their instructors and institutions and organisations with amateur groups are collected in Estonia by the Estonian Folk Culture Centre only. Many surveys have included questions about performing in cultural activities, but they are not limited to folk culture only and are therefore not comparable with folk culture data.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
The data in the field of folk culture are based on the folk culture database (RAKU) managed by the Estonian Centre of Folk Culture. The following data are received from the Estonian Folk Culture Centre: number of amateurs of folk culture by field of activity, sex, age group, national origin and location; number of amateur folk culture groups by field of activity and location; institutions and organizations with amateur groups by type of owner and institution and location; instructors of folk culture groups by location and level of professional education.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data are collected from all folk culture groups, individuals and organisations in Estonia that correspond to the Estonian Folk Culture Centre’s definitions of folk culture.
Respondents submit reports through county-level contact persons to the Estonian Folk Culture Centre.
The aggregated data are received from the Estonian Folk Culture Centre by e-mail and submitted to Statistics Estonia once a year as at 31 December.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods. All columns are checked to make sure that they have been completed as required.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculating additional indicators.