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Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June 2017Nottingham Lakeside Arts
We are delighted to announce that ONLINE BOOKING IS NOW OPEN!

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.
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.
Other confirmed speakers and contributors include:• Alan Lyddiard, Theatre director• Jack McNamara, Artistic Director, New Perspectives• Michael Pinchbeck, Writer and Artist• Dr Joanna Robinson, Associate Professor in Drama and Performance, University of Nottingham
Outline conference timetable: (Please note that more details will follow next week)
Wednesday 28 June 201711am – 12noon Registration12noon- 1.30pm Lunch1.30pm Welcome, introductions, keynote2pm – 3.30pm Session 13.30pm – 4pm Coffee break4pm – 5pm Session 25.30pm – 6.45pm Session 37.15pm – 8.45pm Conference dinner9pm TicketSource Rural Touring Awards9.30pm – midnight After hours networking
Thursday 29 June 20177.30am – 8.30am Breakfast9.15 – 9.30am NRTF AGM9.30am – 11am Session 411am – 11.30am Coffee break11am – 12.30pm Session 512.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch1.30pm – 4.30pm Conference round up. Fundraising Fundamentals 
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
A full time place: for both Wednesday and Thursday includes all meals, refreshments, sessions and b+b accommodation in modern, en-suite student rooms on site at Nottingham University and costs £150 for members. £175 for non-members. Please note NRTF associate membership is £25 and can be bought on line at
Online booking and payment by credit / debit card is NOW OPEN!
Please note that you will need to complete one booking registration at a time, but it is possible to select to continue shopping before proceeding to payment, so you can complete all your bookings in one go.
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In case of any conference booking queries please contact:
Northants Touring Arts on 0115 9739121/07966 454387 or