Crowd funding campaign, A Theatre Trip for Every Child, launched last month by The Albany arts centre to provide 1,000 free tickets for children across the borough has received a welcome boost from a top actor.
Jude Law, who was born in Lewisham is the campaign’s founding patron, said: “It is crucial for the future of our communities that we find creative ways to nurture and support the next generation. Theatre has the power to inspire children and we must encourage them to follow their dreams, no matter how big.”
The campaign has raised nearly £7,000 of its £10,000 goal and has nine days left to reach its target.
“I am delighted to support this terrific initiative which has the potential to positively impact the lives of young children in Lewisham,” Law added.
A spokesperson from The Albany said its aim is to eventually provide tickets for 4,000 children.
At the scheme’s launch last month, Albany Chief Executive Gavin Barlow, said: “We are passionate about every child having the chance to enjoy high quality theatre in their local area.
“Early access to the arts contributes significantly to a child’s development, sparking their curiosity and giving them new perspectives on the world. We believe very child should have the opportunity to benefit from that experience.”
The campaign hopes to combat barriers that prevent children from experiencing arts and cultural activities including cost, travel and lack of cultural capital caused by deprivation in the borough.
Arts and culture have a huge role to play in promoting wellbeing, stimulating community cohesion and tackling social isolation according to recent reports from the Arts Council.
The Albany said it hopes to engage children to “ensure no future adult is locked out of cultural engagement.”
You can donate to the campaign here