The downturn of the pandemic is falling further and further behind in the performing arts sector in Catalonia, as attested by the data published this Tuesday in Barcelona by the Anuari Sgae 2023 of scenic, musical and audiovisual arts, which reflects an increase in almost all variables, although they have not yet recovered the 2019 figures with the exception of popular music, which exceeded pre-pandemic income by 13.5%. In total, live arts raised 83.8% more compared to 2021, attendance rose 76% and supply rose 23.8%. "The data for 2022 demonstrate a practical recovery in the theatrical offer but the audience needs to be recovered," highlighted Luis Gómez, director of Member Experience at the SGAE and director of the SGAE in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Regarding the data collected already from 2023, he has announced that "especially in the musical field, they will be spectacular." On the other hand, Rubén Gutiérrez, general director of the SGAE Foundation, has pointed out that these increases exceed those prior to the pandemic "due to the incidence of macro-festivals and also the data on performing arts". He has also pointed out that a change in habits is taking place, especially among the young public, whereby "spending on culture and art in the country's homes" is prioritized.
Concerts and festivals give the most positive note in the yearbook, with a 51.4% increase in live concerts, which received more than double the number of attendees and raised triple the amount in 2021. This allows us to surpass the 2019 offer by 7.5% and collection by 10.3%, although attendees remain 11.8% below. In the case of Catalonia, the number of concerts grew by 29.4% compared to 2021, attendance increased by 104.4% and collections increased by 123.8%, all figures that improve the totals of Spain, where Madrid , Andalusia and Catalonia, in this order, are the communities that hosted the most concerts. In terms of spectators, Andalusia is the winner, followed by Catalonia and Madrid, while the Catalan market was the one that obtained the most income from ticket sales, followed by Madrid and the Valencian Community.
The figures are equally positive in classical music, with increases of 21.6% in concerts, 72% in attendance and 78.9% in collections. In the Catalan case, the values increase even more (39.1% in supply, 135.7% in attendance and 128.8% in collection), but in both markets they continue to be below 2019, with around 22% less than offer, a 47.5% drop in attendance and around 37.5% in collection.
Streaming is king in this category, with the physical format in constant decline with the exception of indestructible vinyl. According to data from Promusicae, revenue in 2022 was 461.99 million euros, 12.4% more than the previous year, concentrated in the digital market, which represents 85.9% of the total with a growth of 13 .6%. For its part, the physical market registered a decrease of 11.3% with the exception of vinyl, whose sales rose 15.3% to 29.48 million euros.
The best-selling albums certify the predominance of Spanish music over Anglo-Saxon music. Thus, the best-selling album of 2022 was Un Verano Si Ti by Bad Bunny, followed by Motomami by Rosalía and El Madrileño by C. Tangana. The most listened to songs on Spotify were the Quevedo and Bizarrap session, vol. 52, Tití asked me by Bad Bunny and La bachata by Manuel Turizo.
Theater, dance and opera accumulated an increase of 14.6% in total attendees and 18.9% in collection, figures significantly lower than those of the Spanish market, where attendance grew by 29.8% while collections made by 37.9% and representations by 18.7%. Both markets still have not reached the values of 2019, with drops of 14.2% in supply, 48.7% in the number of spectators and 38.7% in collections.
Theater maintains its preponderance in this section, accounting for 94.2% of the offer in both Catalonia and Spain, and Madrid is the autonomous community with the most offer, spectators and revenue, only surpassed by Catalonia except in the number of dance attendees. , opera and zarzuela. Overall, the Catalan market accounts for 21.5% of the supply, 17.5% of the attendance and 20.9% of the collection.
Movie theaters remain on the path of recovery, although still far from the numbers recorded in 2019. The number of sessions grew by 35.5%, attendance increased by 44.2% and receipts by 47.9%, figures very similar to those of Catalonia. Compared to pre-pandemic figures, sessions fell by 16.4%, viewers by 43.3% and revenue by 40.2%.
The annual average of tickets purchased per person in Spain was 1.24, with Madrid topping the table with 1.64, Catalonia with 1.46 and the Valencian Community with 1.44. In the Catalan case, the province of Barcelona was the one that recorded the highest average number of tickets sold per person, 1.5, and also the one that had the highest average ticket price (6.71 euros).
Avatar: the sense of water was the most watched film in Spain in 2021, followed by Minions: the origin of Gru and Jurassic World dominion, while the highest-grossing film was Padre no hay más que uno 3. In Catalonia the ranking was headed by Padre no hay más que uno 3, Tadeo Jones 3: la taula maragda and Alcarràs.
Television consumption fell in Spain to 183 minutes per person per day, 22 minutes less compared to the previous year. Regarding payment platforms, 68.7% of Spanish households were subscribed to one of these services according to data from the Association for Media Research. Netflix was the platform with the most subscriptions, with 51.6% of households subscribing to its service, followed by Amazon Prime Video with 34%. On the contrary, radio consumption rose to 94 minutes, two more than the previous year. Advertising revenues decreased by 3.3% on television, while on radio they rose by 7.7%.
Finally, the video game sector reached revenues of 2,012 million euros, which represents an increase of 12.1% compared to 2021 according to data from the Spanish Video Game Association. Online billing represented 58.6% of the total, with an increase of 29.2%, while the physical format fell by 5.7%.