The curtains have closed on our 2017 season of Micro Gatherings.  It was a real pleasure to meet so many promoters from the Network face to face. Emails are great, but nothing beats real life connections.

A big thank you to those of you who joined us, and to those who didn’t manage it this time – we hope to do more in the future, don’t worry. Why wouldn’t we with the added bonus of all this beautiful scenery to take in en-route?

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At each session we explored the new Tourbook  – it was great to see everyone finding their way around, discovering more about their fellow promoters, as well as performers who are available to tour. We’re looking forward to seeing some Collections popping up, filled with programming ideas and potential tours.

Lindsay and Sheena from The Rural Touring Agency also delivered a super session on connecting with our audiences involving some hands on activities – see our wee illustrations profiling our audiences here:

Thanks again to all those who hosted, helped, and travelled from a far.

Host Venues: Shetland Arts, Universal Hall, Macphail Centre, Lochaber Rural Education Trust, Dunoon Burgh Hall

Promoters who attended: Shetland Arts, Kristin Linklater Voice Centre, Ragged Wood Promotions; Nairn Backstage Promoters, Lyth Arts Centre, Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, Universal Hall, Seaboard Centre; Durness Village Hall, Eden Court, Dingwall Community Centre, West Coast Arts, Macphail Centre; Oban Music Group, Birnam Arts, CREEL, Craignish Village Hall, Dramafish; Dunoon Burgh Hall, Islay Arts Association, Arran Theatre & Arts Trust.

Rural Touring Agency: Lindsay Dunbar and Sheena Miller


We’ll be in touch with our members in due course with a write up of further observations along with the Rural Touring Agency’s audience toolkit.  In the meantime, here’s a wee video we put together of some of the promoters who came along.  Enjoy.

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