National roll-out on the cards for Black Ticket Project

Photo: Sam Conley
Publisher: Arts Professional
Author: Christy Romer
Date Published: 01-06-2018
The scheme, which offers free theatre tickets to young Black people, is hoping to expand following two successful crowdfunding campaigns.
An initiative offering young Black people free tickets to theatre shows in London is setting its sights on a national expansion after smashing through its second crowdfunding target.
The Black Ticket Project (BTP), initiated in 2017, plans to use the thousands of pounds raised to develop a website and formal infrastructure to make the scheme sustainable.
Theatre producer Tobi Kyeremateng, who runs the project alongside Damilola Odelola, told AP she is currently developing contacts with theatres and youth groups outside of the capital.
“I do see us as the bridge between people and arts organisations. It’s great once you’re in a theatre, but it can be difficult to get there and we want to minimise as many barriers as possible,” she said.
“Our aim is also to empower organisations to invest in outreach and this sort of diversity, because there are people and organisations doing this work but not receiving the same support as bigger organisations.”
The crowdfunding campaign, launched three weeks ago, broke through its target of £2,340 within days, and has now raised over £3,000. As well as a new website, the funds will be used to give 170 young Black people free tickets to two upcoming shows at Battersea Arts Centre.
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