An Independent Touring Symposium
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
30 January 2014, 11am-6pm

We’ve hooked up with our friends The Royal Exchange, Manchester, ITC and PANDA to announce a TED-style symposium on 30 January in Manchester to explore the future of small-scale touring.

Open to everyone across the UK working in small scale touring – from artists to producers, directors to venue managers – the day will provide a forum to discuss and debate the key challenges and share experiences in a practically applicable way.

Small-scale touring is full of challenges, not least in this time of threats to arts funding. We conducted a survey earlier this year that showed companies and venues were experiencing the same issues and facing the same obstacles to making touring work.

But the survey also showed people were undeterred; companies and theatres alike are working together to meet these challenges head on with inventive and strategic approaches.

So we thought we’d stage the inaugural Future Of Small-Scale Touring symposium to discuss how we shape the future together.

Based on advice from senior industry professionals, as well as the results of the survey, the day will be structured in three parts.

Each will be themed and feature a series of guest speakers who will each give a presentation on an area of small scale touring that they are evolving. After each session there will be a small break out opportunity for delegates to discuss the presentation, seek further information and present the chance to form partnerships and collaborations to tackle issues moving forward.

From the research, the areas which were highlighted for discussion are:

•    new touring models and approaches to tour booking

•    data and audiences

•    working in partnership

A full line up of speakers to include industry leaders, practitioners and journalists will be announced shortly.

Meantime, you can find out more and buy tickets here.

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