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 2017.

In that time the NRTF has, worked with China Plate to recommend 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 2017 NRTF will be at the Fringe Fair on 21st August from 10.00am - 5.00pm - do come along and say hello.

We are also holding a Rural Touring Introduction & Update Session:

Rural Touring Introduction & Update Session
23 Aug 11:00 (2h)

Fringe Central: Lecture Theatre
Free Ticketed
An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works. 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.

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 will be able to give their own specific angle on this unique touring model. 

In 2017 the NRTF has awarded special bursaries to assist touring schemes and voluntary promoters attending the Edinburgh Festival. The year Creative Arts East, Northants Touring Arts, Arts Alive, Cheshire Rural Touring, Applause Rural Touring and Spot On Lancashire have been 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 2016 Storify here, for some great 140-character reviews!

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.