With the cost of living crisis showing no sign of slowing down, London is introducing a new cultural scheme that aims to offer cheaper or even free tickets.

The scheme that’s set to launch in January 2023 identifies art as a human right, therefore, access to cultural and artistic events shouldn’t be hindered by the income of an individual. Specifically, hundreds of events and venues across music, theatre, comedy and dance agree that all unsold tickets are given to those who can’t afford them.

In an interview with The Guardian, Chris Sonnex said that approximately 1,000 tickets would be gifted weekly once the scheme starts. Chris also added: “Art is a human right. And the tighter things get with people’s finances, the more they will be squeezed out of art.” “There are brilliant people putting together food banks and heat banks, but that doesn’t give humanity its basic needs from a soul point of view.”

Those to sign up so far include the Roundhouse, the Barbican and the National Theatre, with more venues and organisations expected to join ahead of the scheme’s launch.

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