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  • International Rural Touring Developments 2014

    NRTF is delighted to announce that it will be working with Swedish and French colleagues through 2014 to develop a joint project submitted for EU funding. Following on from our existing links with Riksteatern, developed over a number of years, our colleagues at Riksteatern Vasternorrland have been able to secure a grant to support the costs of developing the project. Its central aim is to increase the level and quality of performing arts touring in rural areas within the 3 partner countries.

    Our other partners will be Northern France based agencies; Spectacle vivant en Bretagne and Odia Normandie. Over the next 10 months a series of planning meetings will take place, one of which will be at the time of the NRTF New Directions 2014 Showcase Conference. If successful we would aim to start the project in 2015.

  • PANDA Rural Touring Pitching Day 2014 - applications open

    PANDA, ArtERY, Arts Out West, Cheshire Rural Touring, Highlights, Spot On and the National Rural Touring Forum invite you to apply for the PANDA Rural Touring Pitching Day:

    Date: 21st March 2014

    Location: Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Deadline for applications: 3pm, 3rd February

    6 Impossible Things by Avanti Display & Artizani (2012 scheme)

    We invite you to apply to pitch your show at a rural touring pitching day. You will have the opportunity to pitch an existing performance or a developing project to a panel of rural touring scheme managers and promoters. You will receive advice on how your show would work in a rural venue with the possibility of receiving further mentorship from a panel member.

    PANDA and the rural touring panel welcome applications from those experienced in touring but new to rural touring. We also welcome pitches for shows in all performing art forms.

    The benefits:

    • Ongoing mentoring opportunity from a rural touring manager or promoter
    • Potential inclusion in future rural venue programmes
    • Ongoing support, advice and training from PANDA
    • Financial support to attend the pitching day

    N.B This is a PANDA led scheme developed in partnership with the National Rural Touring Forum and a northern consortium of Rural Touring networks. All applicants must be a current PANDA member in order to enable us to provide the additional support to all applicants – whether successful or not.

    For more information please visit the PANDA website here or email