Digital Conference 2020

NRTF Autumn Conference is ON-line

This year’s NRTF Conference 2020 will be online and digital, taking place every Tuesday in October with follow up session every Friday morning.

The National Rural Touring Forum conference is an opportunity to bring the Rural Touring community together for a series of sessions and showcases. We welcome  new and existing schemes, promoters, cultural organisations, artists, performers and arts practitioners from across the rural touring and creative sectors.

The conference offers inspiring talks, industry lead panel discussions, networking and performances. Delegates arrive  ready to share resources, stories and  ideas. They leave motivated, inspired and better connected.

It’s a meeting place where everyone is welcome, a chance for us all to develop professionally and build new partnerships. 

Thanks goes to the Arts Council England for supporting the NRTF in delivering this event. 

We feel there is a definite need for all involved in the Rural Touring Sector to come together this year to share, learn and watch!”

Holly Lombard, Director NRTF


This year’s Digital Conference will take place on these dates with the following themes:

  • 6 October – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

A chance to talk openly about what we mean by equality, why diversity is important and how the RT sector can become more inclusive. 

  • 13 October – Libraries and Rural Touring

An opportunity to explore culture and creativity in Libraries, the benefit of RT collaborations with libraries, and what libraries of the future might look like?

  • 20 October – Future Proofing the RT sector

Now is the time to establish the true value of the RT sector, what is needed for the sector to survive and it’s role in supporting the UK’s cultural recovery. 

  • 27 October – Leadership & Mental Health

What is mental health and how can we support a healthy working environment within our organisations and across the creative sector?

The conference will run from 10am – 4pm each Tuesday. We welcome delegates to join us for open discussions via Zoom each Friday between 10am – 11am.

Time Table:

  • 10am – Welcome / Introductory Poet
  • 10.30am – Keynote Inspirational Speaker
  • 11pm – Industry Panel Discussions
  • 12pm – Showcase / Ideas Pitch
  • 12.30pm – Lunch break & network opportunities
  • 1.30pm – Practical / Professional Development Sessions
  • 2.30pm – Showcases 2
  • 3pm – Showcase 3
  • 3.30pm – Close

Call Out

We want you to help us shape the event. We’re calling out for ideas, suggestions and recommendations for:
• artists and performers looking to pitch or showcase their work
• poets to open and close each event
• inspirational speakers and industry representatives to join panel discussions
• key topics of conversation, questions to raise, issues to address
• Ideas for practical support and professional development.

Offer your ideas and recommendations by completing our Google Quick Poll here. We also have a ‘Conference Opportunities’ document below.

For more info email Jess Huffman

Why Digital?

We were disheartened at the prospect of not having a conference until next June and the feedback from our members was that the industry would need an opportunity to come back together to review, reflect and re-ignite their enthusiasm for Rural Touring by the Autumn.

With the future of live events still unpredictable we decided to run a digital conference in October instead.

It will feature all the elements of our live events but online, this is a new venture for us but one we hope will be open, accessible, and exciting.


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