The Ticket Bank launches in January to help people access cultural events

9 January 2023

Launching on Monday 9 January as a one-year programme, The Ticket Bank will make an estimated 1,000 tickets a week available to those who would otherwise not be able to afford to engage with culture during the cost-of-living crisis.

The Ticket Bank is a new initiative from the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation and Cardboard Citizens, in partnership with some of London’s leading cultural organisations: The Almeida Theatre, Barbican, Bush Theatre, Gate Theatre, The National Theatre, Roundhouse and Tara Theatre.

To date, seven leading cultural organisations have committed to the charitable initiative with more to be announced in the new year. Each cultural organisation has pledged tickets for theatre, comedy, live music and dance performances at a donate-what-you-can rate via The Ticket Bank web page on the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation website. A donation can be of any amount and even the most modest of gifts will be celebrated.

The Ticket Bank will be working with the following partners to ensure that tickets reach the people and communities historically under-served by cultural organisations:


The House of St Barnabas

The Longford Trust

Positive Action in Housing

A Network of Food Banks across the capital providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty

Relevant Outreach programmes of cultural organisations as well as Cardboard Citizens, Union Chapel and The Big House.

These partners will provide access codes direct to their programme participants to enable them to book tickets via The Ticket Bank.

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