Facts and figures on sociocultural centres in Baden-Württemberg

1982 Founding of the LAKS Baden-Württemberg

75 sociocultural centres from the four counties of Baden-Württemberg are LAKS members

1/4 of the LAKS members are actively involved in rural areas


More than 1,1 million people yearly attend 9.400 one-off events

336.000 people yearly attend steady courses and open meeting places

280.000 people use rehearsal rooms and gastronomic offers

1 person out of 4 has a migration background


Diversity of the events on offer

Music/concerts, movies/cinema, theatre, dance, cabaret/comedy/burlesque, debates/lectures, readings/poetry slam, exhibitions, festivals/markets, musical/musical theatre, vaudeville/circus, Rock/Pop/Blues, World music, Jazz, New music…


3.150 protagonists lead the way of sociocultural centres in Baden-Württemberg. Among them are to be found:

2.199 volunteers

850 employees, of which:

230 regular employees, only 1/4 of them work full time

326 marginal employees (mini jobs), apprentices, trainees, voluntary service

395 freelancers

Volunteers run almost half the LAKS sociocultural centres.

In 2015, sociocultural centres have invested round about 28 million euros in cultural activities.


On average 56% of the annual budget comes from the sociocultural centres´ own resources, with peaks to 87%

44% of the annual budget comes from the public sector

In 2020 the state of Baden-Württemberg supported sociocultural centres with 4,2 million euros

These figures concern 2015 and 2016.

Statistical report


Since 1992, the federal association of sociocultural centres collects periodically data about its members´ situation and perspectives. In 2015 and for the third time already, the conception of this inquiry, which now includes an evaluation of the data, has been carried out in collaboration with Dr. Christoph Mager, chair of the Human Geography department in KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).


To read these statistical reports, please have a look at the German version of our website.





Der vorliegende Fächer stellt alle Mitgliedszentren der LAKS mit ihrer spezifischen Geschichte und ihren Schwerpunkten in der Programmarbeit vor.     mehr...