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Programme update for Being Bold and last chance to book your place at the NRTF conference

If you’re not booked yet – book today!

A final reminder that this year’s NRTF conference, hosted by New Perspectives and Northants Touring Arts is fast approaching!

Being Bold takes place at Nottingham Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2017.

We have over 120 delegates attending from across the country each day and if you haven’t already, now is the time to book your place to be part of the conversation.

Over two days a mix of rural touring scheme staff and board members, volunteer promoters, artists, performers and Arts Council England representatives will take part and join the debate in a series of focussed sessions highlighting dance, spoken word, the significance of place, children and young people, disability and fundraising.

The clock is ticking, but there is still time to book a place at the conference. Booking for a full time place closes at 10.00am on Monday 19th June and for day places Wednesday 21st June.

Here’s a brief outline to help you decide whether to join for the full conference or single days:

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.

Practical conference information, including check in details, parking and general logistics will be emailed to delegates a week in advance of the conference.

Further information about Fundraising Fundamentals is available in the resources section of the website – here.

A big thank you to all who have booked, and remember there’s still time to book a place if you’re quick!

FULL CONFERENCE (which includes the Dinner, TicketSource Rural Touring Awards and overnight accommodation) booking deadline: 10am Monday 19th June book now

DAY CONFERENCE booking deadine: midday Wednesday 21st June book now

We look forward to welcoming you in Nottingham!

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