Lack of funding has forced Christ Church Students’ Union to cancel one of the biggest student events of the year: Summer Ball.
Summer Ball 2019 – which would have been in its third year – will not be happening this year, confirmed by organisers Christ Church Students’ Union.
The students’ union explained that the lack of funding, shortening of academic year and ‘space constraints’ have all been contributing reasons as to why they’ve been forced to not organise the event this year.
The one night event which usually involved performances from high-profile music artists, would have cost the union around £60,000. Something they have ‘increasingly difficult’ to break even on due to the lack of ticket sales.
Last year’s Summer Ball, which Unified reported on, took place in an old Canterbury prison. It was headlined by Professor Green and Lucy Spraggan and other artists.
Tickets to last year’s ball set students back by £38. However, the students’ union organised ‘group deals’ where the more tickets bought, the cheaper they are.
Despite Christ Church’s effort to create an event where students get together for a night of entertainment, last year’s event resulted in a £24,000 loss for the union.
“We would love to have bigger acts or make ticket prices cheaper,” Christ Church Students’ Union said.
“But none of those options are viable with the Ball in its current form.”
The union are aware that many students will be disappointed by these news but hopes that “you understand our position in that we can’t subsidise a one-off event that would have detrimental effect on the funding of other SU services you care about”.
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Photos from last year’s ball: