How much should I pay for a Dardishi Festival event ticket?

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In order to make Dardishi Festival more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket system for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof/ID. We just ask that you are honest, so that we can ensure everyone gets to attend our events. When you pay a higher price for an event, you subsidise a ticket for someone on a lower income! You can purchase tickets for Dardishi Festival 2019 here.

FREE or £2

• I frequently stress about meeting basic* needs and don’t always achieve them.
• I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs.
• I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing.
• I sometimes can’t afford public or private transport. If I own a car/have access to a car, I am not always able to afford petrol.

• I am unemployed or underemployed.
• I qualify for government and/or voluntary assistance, for example, food banks and benefits.
• I have no access to savings.
• I have no or very limited expendable** income.
• I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them.
• I can’t afford a holiday or don’t have the ability to take time off without financial burden.

£4 or £6

• I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them.
• I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.
• I can afford public transport and often private transport. If I have a car/access to a car I can afford petrol.
• I am employed.
• I have access to health care.
• I might have access to financial savings.
• I have some expendable income.
• I am able to buy some new items and I buy others second-hand.
• I can take a holiday annually or every few years without financial burden.

£8 or £10
• I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs.
• I may have some debt but it doesn’t prohibit attainment of basic needs.
• I own my home or property or I rent a higher-end property.
• I can afford public and private transport. If I have a car/access to a car I can afford petrol.
• I have regular access to healthcare.
• I have access to financial savings.
• I have an expendable** income.
• I can always buy new items.
• I can afford an annual holiday or take time off.

*BASIC NEEDS include food, housing, clothing, and transportation. **EXPENDABLE INCOME might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the cinema or a concert, buy new clothes, books and similar items each month, etc.

This sliding scale ticketing system has been adapted from pioneering festivals such as Leeds Queer Film Festival (who first introduced this system in the UK), and Scottish Queer International Film Festival (who were the first to establish this in Scotland).

Image of Sabrina Mahfouz by Matt Writtle.

Samar Ziadat