NRTF Conference 2017

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June 2017
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Booking is now closed!  Information for delegates is available to download to the right.
Our annual Rural Touring Conference provides a unique opportunity for anyone involved in rural touring to discuss and determine the environment and practical operation of their sector.
Following 2016’s sell-out New Directions showcase festival, this year’s conference takes a fresh look at new approaches of developing work for rural touring and practical discussion sessions around work for children and young people, wider access and spoken word considering proactive steps the sector can take to celebrate and continue to develop rural touring.
The NRTF 2017 Conference is co-hosted and administered by Northants Touring Arts / New Perspectives Touring Company.
We are delighted to announce that thanks to an award from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy the conference will include a sector training session on Fundraising Fundamentals in Non-Urban Areas.  This will be tailored to be suitable for fundraising needs at a local, regional and national level and be appropriate for promoters, touring schemes and companies and performers. More information on the training aspect of the conference is available here.  and as a download to the right.
We are also delighted to announce a sponsorship deal with TicketSource which will support our very first Rural Touring Award ceremony and provide us with an online booking facility for this event.
The TicketSource Rural Touring Award winners will be announced on Wednesday evening and we are delighted that Stella Duffy OBE Co-Director of Fun Palaces will join us on the opening day with a provocation at the start of the conference and will compere the inaugural TicketSource Rural Touring Awards.
A pdf showing the shortlsted nominees is available to download to the right of this piece.
BEING BOLD: Wednesday 28 June 2017, 1.30pm – 6.30pm

•         Keynote speech from celebrated writer, theatre maker and Fun Palaces Co-Director Stella Duffy OBE

•         Update on the national rural dance initiative with an extract from tour de force Uchenna Dance

•         Spoken word and the rural challenge
News from leading initative The Inn Crowd, the South East and East of England’s programme of spoken word inspired events in rural pubs, plus insights from artist producers, plus contrasting extracts from Rob Gee and Sophia Walker, chaired by James Urquart, Arts Council England

•         The importance of place.
A session from New Perspectives where theatre makers Jack McNamara, Alan Lyddiard and Michael Pinchbeck share approaches to two very different theatre pieces, with rural insights from Dr Jo Robinson, University of Nottingham
PLUS 7pm until late

•         Conference Dinner and TicketSource Rural Touring Awards
Hosted by Stella Duffy OBE, featuring awards presented by leading researcher and writer Francois Matarasso, China Plate Co-Director Ed Collier, writer and associate editor of the Stage Lyn Gardner and Becci Speight, CEO of The Woodland Trust

BEING BOLD: Thursday 29 June 2017, 9.45am – 4.30pm

•         An interactive morning exploring, interrogating and discussing work for, by and with children and young people led by Little Earthquake, with special guest The Bone Ensemble.

The morning features an extract from Where’s My Igloo Gone, a production grounded in science and powered by the imagination which will lead into a wider conversation on inclusion and disability in a rural context.

•        In the afternoon, Fundraising Fundamentals from 2.00pm - 4.30pm offers you the chance to engage with experts in specialist areas of fundraising who will work with you to spark fresh ideas to build on in order to gain new investment for professional arts in your communities and across networks.

We are grateful to Arts Funding and Philanthropy for an award towards this afternoon training session.

The fundraising workshops will offer a choice between:

Getting started, trusts and foundations, individual giving and sponsorship, and online fundraising and we will be asking you to sign up to one of these sessions shortly.

We are looking for some success stories - if you have had some fundraising successes - or heard of any - no matter how small (or large!) please fill out the form to the right and send it in to us. 

Further information about Fundraising Fundamentals is available to download to the right.

Practical conference information, including check in details, parking and general logistics will be emailed to delegates a week in advance of the conference.
The conference is for anyone and everyone with an involvement or interest in rural touring:
•             Scheme staff and board members
•             Volunteer promoters
•             Independent artists and producers
•             Partner organisations and stakeholders
In case of any conference booking queries please contact:
Northants Touring Arts on 0115 9739121/07966 454387 or