Edinburgh Village Hall Project


Since 2011 the NRTF has had a presence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, supporting members and voluntary promoters to attend and hosting an introduction to rural touring for companies, artists and producers. We are delighted to be able to continue this project into 2016.

In that time the NRTF has, worked with China Plate to curate a programme of shows suitable or of interest to rural touring programmers ,as well as putting new interesting work under the spotlight. The NRTF co-ordinates attendance within a preferred week so that the rural touring presence at the Fringe is emphasized. By encouraging visits at the same time, this also allows for a significant number of touring scheme representatives to be part of the rural touring introduction session.

In 2016 NRTF is holding a Rural Touring Introduction & Update Session:

An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works plus get up to date news featuring a panel of touring schemes, producers, funders and artists; followed by an informal networking session with touring scheme staff from England, Scotland and Wales. This is a chance for companies, artists and producers to network and discuss their work with touring scheme representatives.
11-Aug 11:00 (2h)
Fringe Central @ Infirmary Street: Studio 1 Free Ticketed

As in previous years an invited panel of rural touring schemes, artists and producers who have experienced rural touring, Arts Council representatives and volunteer promoters have been able to give their own specific angle on this unique touring model. 

The session then opened up for questions and opportunities for artists to mingle informally with touring scheme staff and volunteer promoters.

In 2016 the NRTF has awarded special bursaries to assist touring schemes and voluntary promoters attending the Edinburgh Festival. This year Highlights, North East Arts Touring, Cheshire Rural Touring, Spot On Lancashire and The Touring Network were awarded bursaries.  

Edinburgh Village Hall participants are asked to post reviews and blogs in the discussion area of the NRTF website and all participants are invited to tweet using @ruraltouring, #Edvh and #ruraltouring.

You can check out our Edinburgh Village Hall 2015 Storify here, for some great 140-character reviews!

In addition NRTF has awarded 5 Dance bursaries enabling touring schemes to focus on dance shows whilst up at Edinburgh. 

Last year one of the recipients were TurnAround Dance Theatre, who received one of the special Dance bursaries and who put together this short film of their time in Edinburgh:



Again working with partners China Plate and The Place, NRTF put together a list of recommended shows which now include dance shows. These are available to download to the right. 

The Edinburgh Village Hall Project has 3 aims:

  • To improve voluntary promoter confidence in booking a diverse programme of work
  • To raise the profile of rural touring at the Edinburgh Festival
  • To see the growth of more diverse and interesting work on the rural touring circuit

Other professional development grants are available and full details are in the resources section of the website.

Information from previous years can be found via the links to the right.