Registration now open for The Guildhall Trust’s Tickets for the Community Scheme

Since the launch of The Guildhall Trust’s Tickets for the Community Scheme in 2017, over 3,000 tickets for shows and events at Portsmouth Guildhall have been gifted through more than 40 organisations to socially and economically disadvantaged community groups within the PO region.

Under the scheme, free or heavily discounted tickets are gifted to people who would not usually have the opportunity to experience live performances supporting The Guildhall Trust’s vision to inspire, entertain and transform lives in the community.

Tickets are allocated by ballot throughout the year to registered organisations for a wide range of shows, including comedy, dance, drama, rock, pop and orchestral music, The Guildhall Trust’s Portsmouth Comic Con, and Guildhall Games Fest events.

Community groups, voluntary organisations, employers and partners within the PO postcode region are now invited to register before 11 am, Friday 8th September to be a part of the scheme for 2022/23.

Head of Learning & Participation for The Guildhall Trust, Hayley Reay, said, “Engaging with the community is at the heart of what we do at The Guildhall Trust and being able to provide tickets to people who would otherwise not be able to come and enjoy a show at Portsmouth Guildhall is so important to us. Some of the feedback we receive is truly humbling and demonstrates the impact that this scheme has, so we are keen to reach as many groups as possible in this round of registration”.

Feedback from those that have benefitted from the Tickets for the Community scheme includes:

“Getting tickets for events at the Guildhall would be something I could never afford to do. To be able to get out and forget all my troubles and have fun for one night really lifted my spirits and gave me something positive to talk about”.

“Thank you for the tickets to Portsmouth Comic Con that our community group recently received. The lady pictured with Batman has never been inside the Guildhall and was taken by its beauty. The young man in ear defenders is autistic and getting him to come out of the house has been so difficult for his family that it often leaves them feeling isolated”.

“The music unlocked some of our residents suffering with dementia – seeing them come alive and sing along was just amazing!”

Head to Tickets for the Community | Portsmouth Guildhall for more details and to download an application form. Applications in an alternative format are also welcomed – responses to the application form can be given verbally or by video and sent as a WeTransfer file.