Wiltshire Rural Arts
What is Rural Touring?
The village hall, church and school have traditionally been focal points for rural life. Because those buildings are regarded as part of the fabric of village social life they afford a familiar and informal space in which local people can enjoy the arts. Rural touring schemes work with voluntary promoting groups (village hall committees, pubs, local schools, church halls, community groups) to bring professional performing companies and artists to perform in their village or community venue.
The rural touring scheme produces a menu of shows that they will support and local volunteer promoters choose from the menu and the scheme will book one or more dates for their region. The volunteers are then responsible for promoting the event working in partnership with the rural touring scheme. The big advantage for a village the size of Oaksey is that there is no upfront financial outlay ensuring little or no financial risk in having live, professional entertainment at a local venue.
Over the last two years, four performances in Oaksey Village Hall have been of excellent quality and enjoyed by audiences of around 60 people. We are presently in the process of selecting performances for the Spring 2016 term so watch this space for details and make sure that Rural Arts is definitely marked on your calendar!
We would really like more people to get involved especially in selecting the shows so that they reflect a variety of people’s interests and tastes. Why not join our small team in promoting the shows, selling tickets or helping on the night. It can be really good fun, you get to meet interesting performers and make a difference to the village community.
If you feel this is something that you’d enjoy (age or taste no barrier), please contact Margaret Dakin by e-mail: she’ll be happy to tell you more or click on the Rural Arts website: www.poundarts.org.uk
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