DEVON’s rural touring arts scheme, Villages in Action, has been shortlisted for the award for touring scheme collaboraton of the year in the National Rural Touring Awards, which will be announced at the beginning of July.
The nomination recognises the success of the partnership between Villages in Action and Cornwall’s Carn to Cove rural touring scheme, which saved VIA from closure in late 2017.
Thanks to the support of Carn to Cove, and funding from Arts Council England, East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council, VIA is now going strong with a busy programme of theatre, music, dance and other arts events, and an exciting future.
Organised by the National Rural Touring Forum, the Rural Touring Awards celebrate the breadth, passion and professionalism in the rural touring sector. Held at the NRTF annual conference, which this year will be in Bangor, North Wales, the awards were designed to draw attention to the quality of performance and performing companies, as well as to collaborations and the network of individuals who go above and beyond for their local community.
The awards will be hosted by performance poet Kate Fox, who will be joined by the nominees and many from the rural touring sector, including schemes, programmers, directors and performers.
The awards are judged by three industry professionals: Jude Henderson, director of the Federation of Scottish Theatres, Ian McMillan, the Yorkshire poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster and Kate Green, deputy editor of Country Life magazine.