National Rural Touring Forum

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Template:Infobox organization The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) is a UK charity organisation that represents rural touring schemes and rural arts development agencies that aim to help local people to promote high quality arts events and experiences in rural community venues. The NRTF is formed from over 30 member rural schemes that distribute funding to over 2,400 rural communities, making it the largest Rural Arts organisation in the United Kingdom.[1][2][3]


The organisation became formally constituted in 1997[4] and is a registered charity[5] as well as a company limited by guarantee. In 2004 NRTF became an Arts Council England Regularly Funded Organisation. In 2011 NRTF applied successfully to become one of the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations. In 2014 NRTF applied successfully for the second round of NPO funding taking the organisation to 2018.

2017 Conference - 'Being Bold'

Held at the University of Nottingham campus, from the 28–29 June, the theme for the year was 'Being Bold'. Key speakers were Stella Duffy OBE, Alan Lyddiard, Jack McNamara, Michael Pinchbeck and Dr Joanna Robinson.[no citations needed here] This was also the first year the NRTF held an awards ceremony.

National Rural Touring Awards

Nominations were accepted in 6 categories.[6] The Judges panel included theatre journalist Lyn Gardner, producer Ed Collier, writer Francois Matarasso and CEO of the Woodland Trust Beccy Speight.[7] Winners of each were announced at a formal ceremony hosted by Stella Duffy:[8]

  • Most Welcoming Village Hall - Quatt Village Hall in Shropshire.
  • Most Supportive Touring Scheme - Cornwall's Carn to Cove.
  • Most Innovative and/or Inspirational Show - Lost Dog's show 'Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me).
  • Best Promoter - Des George for his work in Gwynedd, Wales.
  • Rural touring newcomer - Hannah Prior.
  • NRTF Special Award - Ian Scott for 25 years of service in the rural touring sector.

2015 Conference

Held in Wymondham College in Norfolk, the 2015 NRTF Conference had keynote speeches from John Laidlaw, Natalie Jode, Karen Kidman, Michelle Dickson and Paul Bristow.[9]


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