New Directions Showcase 2016

New Directions 2016 took place from 5th - 7th July 2016 at Falmouth University in Cornwall.

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Following on from their successful work for New Directions in both 2012 and 2014, China Plate have once again been engaged by NRTF to curate a programme for the 3-day event.

Together with Carn to Cove, the rural touring scheme for Cornwall, NRTF will host the event at Falmouth University's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and will take full advantage of the excellent facilities that are available.

Most New Directions activity will take place within the Penryn Campus and accommodation will be provided on site in modern, well equipped, single occupancy, ensuite student rooms.

Following an open call out to artists which resulted in 240 applications, the programme at AMATA has been curated by China Plate in consultation with NRTF, Carn to Cove and the Dance Partnership of The Place, Take Art and China Plate. 

The aim of New Directions is twofold:
1) to introduce delegates to exciting high quality work, known and unknown artists and artists whose work is moving in an exciting new direction
2) to introduce a range of artists and companies to the rural touring network

We hope you will agree that China Plate have curated a programme of entertaining, surprising and stimulating performances and that you will come along feeling curious and with a spirit of adventure!

On Wednesday afternoon and evening the programme’s “Cornish Choice” has been curated by Carn to Cove and features some of the best rural touring companies based in Cornwall. 

We couldn’t go to Cornwall without a trip on a boat so on Wednesday afternoon there is the option to take a one hour cruise around Falmouth harbour with some hospitality and entertainment on the way.  We will then return to AMATA for the evening.

As well as the programme of performances, extracts and presentations, there will be time for some smaller discussions.  Full details of these will be available in the final programme.

An outline programme, booking form and travel information is available to download to the right of this article.

NRTF is delighted to be working in partnership with Carn to Cove - the Rural Touring Scheme for Cornwall to offer Arts Award Support for this event. 


ARTS AWARD SUPPORT Arts Award Supporter

Working in partnership with Carn to Cove the rural touring scheme for Cornwall.  NRTF is delighted to offer Arts Award Support at this event. The Locally based Arts Award supporter for this project is Carn to Cove based in Redruth, Cornwall.

Young people over the age of 16 can use this to work towards their Arts Award by:

  • Seeing some of the showcases of high quality work that we will be presenting at New Directions 2016.
  • Writing reviews
  • Interviewing artists, producers, directors and writers

 Please contact Alice Porter at for more details.