Series of Community Initiatives at Riverside Studios

Venue aiming to make its work affordable for the whole community

Pay what you can screenings will take place on the first Tuesday of the month

Riverside Studios has announced a range of community initiatives which is hoping will make access to its work affordable to the entirety of the local community.

The programme takes a new approach to inclusion and is part of the Riverside’s charitable aim of making the arts accessible to all.

Some of the programme highlights include:

  • ‘Pay What You Can’ film screenings
  • The first ever Riverside Pride Film Festival
  • A reduction in Parent & Baby and Silver Screen ticket prices
  • £6.50 tickets for Under 25’s for screenings
  • The return of the Bitesize Theatre Festival at £10 a ticket

· The extension of the Dive In Membership Scheme to include any resident of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham living in Council Tax Bands A-D, living on Universal Credit or who has a child on Pupil Premium.

The summer initiatives being on Tuesday 7 June with Riverside Studios’ new ‘Pay What You Can’ ticket scheme for cinema screenings, which will continue every first Tuesday of the month. The romantic war drama Firebird is first in the line up and tickets will be sold for as little as 1p. Visitors are invited to ‘Pay What You Can’ to see this film that was given its world premiere at the BFI in March of this year and this screening will be uniquely accompanied by a filmed introduction from the director Peter Rebane.

Riverside Pride Film Festival runs from Friday 10 June until Sunday 12 June which includes an exclusive preview screening of Wildhood, an exploration of identity and belonging, directed by Bretten Hannam. Riverside Pride will proudly feature Todd Stephens’ Swan Song, followed by a live Q&A by the director.

Riverside Studios commitment to making film affordable and accessible will be matched on its theatre stages in July with the return of the Bitesize Festival. This Festival presents dozens of live performances, drawn from around the country, with tickets sold for just £10. As with ‘Bitesize I’ in January, this pre-Edinburgh showcase will give audiences an opportunity to sample the brightest and the best of emerging talent, at a price that will allow them to enjoy up to ‘three bites a night’ for up to £30.

Rachel Tackley, Creative Director of Riverside Studios said, “Riverside has always been for everyone, everywhere. But we wanted to make sure that we prioritise the people that we are closest to, our friends and neighbours in our local community, as best as we possibly can. We can do this by providing innovative, audacious, and entertaining film, theatre, art and events at a price that, hopefully, everyone can afford.”

Tony Lankester, Executive Director of Riverside Studios said, “We are enormously proud of the role that Riverside plays in this community. You can come and have a cup of coffee and meet with friends, you can enjoy a workshop or two or you can watch the world go by at this stunning spot by the river. We believe that access to the arts is a right not a privilege, and so this new programme is part of our commitment to ensuring that we’re open and welcoming to everyone, especially those closest to us in this vibrant part of London”.

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May 20, 2022