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East Asian Ticket Club set up to improve engagement in arts

Kae Alexander and Arty Froushan in rehearsal for White Pearl. Photo: Helen Murray Kae Alexander and Arty Froushan in rehearsal for White Pearl, one of the shows which has collaborated with the East Asian Ticket Club. Photo: Helen Murray
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An initiative has been set up to encourage engagement in the arts from East Asian audiences.

The East Asian Ticket Club will work with theatres and other arts organisations to provide free and subsidised tickets to people of East Asian heritage.

As well as tickets, the scheme will also set up tailored workshops and events for participants.

The East Asian Ticket Club is co-founded by artist, designer and researcher Moi Tran, dancer and choreographer Jane Chan and graphic designer Lan Le.

“As female arts practitioners with East-Asian heritage, we have always felt our narratives, visibility and work regularly under-represented, in theatre and performance but particularly in society as a whole,” Tran told The Stage.

She added: “This lack of opportunity and lack of diverse representation in the arts has compounded the issue of voice and visibility for the East Asian community.

“In response we started the East Asian Ticket Club as a platform to address some of these issues.”

The infrastructure for the organisation is still in development, but she described it as “heart-warming to have received immense support from people, inside and outside the community”.

The initiative has already collaborated with venues including London’s Royal Court Theatre, the Southbank Centre, Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Chisenhale Dance Space.

The scheme is currently unfunded and is run on a voluntary basis, however the co-founders will be seeking funding and are looking for a sponsor to offer in-kind space for the organisation.

The launch of this initiative follows Tobi Kyeremateng’s Black Ticket Project which was set up last year to provide free opportunities for young black people to access theatre.

More information on the East Asian Ticket Club and details of how to register for tickets can be found on the organisation’s Twitter page.

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