Horizons: NRTF Conference 2020

You will be emailed a ticket that gives you full instructions on how to access the

Digital Conference Space via an App and/or desktop site called Attendify.

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

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. 

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

Holly Lombardo, Director NRTF

6 October

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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

To start us off…

Keynote speaker Amanda Parker, a specialist working across the cultural and creative sector will share her knowledge and expertise in business development; inclusion and advocacy.

Day Mattar Liverpool’s resident Non-Binary, Nudey-Rudey, Shiny-Whiny Poet and activist poet The Shouting Mute will open and close our event.

ACE diversity manager Terry Adams will chair our panel discussion with Amanda Parker with her Inc Arts hat on, Ellie Liddell-Crewe of Unlimited, an arts commissioning programme enabling new work with disabled artists and Deborah Williams of the Creative Diversity Network.

Jo Verrant of Unlimited will facilitate our workshop session offering tools for equality and inclusion while artists Joshua Nash and Ramesh Meyyappan will be showcasing their latest productions.

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?

Don’t Miss…

Poets Johnny Fluffypunk and Maddie Godfrey, A fantastic lineup of speakers from the arts council, the rural touring sector, national arts organisations and the Library sector. Showcases from Liv Torc’s Haiflu Project to Tessa Bide’s The Anarchist Mobile Library. while Spot On and Creative Arts East will facilitate our Library and Rural Touring workshop.

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. 

Tune in for…

A fantastic line up of speakers from Canada, the UK’s largest outdoor arts organisations and Creative Scotland. where we’ll talk about networks and collaboration overseas and in your local communities, share ideas for future-proofing and outdoor arts, managing risk and creating legacy projects. Pentabus and Farnham Maltings will deliver How to RT workshops and showcase new commissions.

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?

Last but not least…

We have writer, educator and performer Casey Bailey as our opening poet, A panel of artists, performers, workshop leaders and mental health practitioners leading our discussion, Lynn Shaw from NEAT running Creative industry support sessions and poet and Psychiatric nurse Rob Gee creating a poem in a day that will summarise the days topics and themes.

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.


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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