Lochgoilhead and Argyll Arts Collective have been selected by the Touring Network to be part of a two year project, BRAW, a new exploration into the rural touring process.
Each year, Touring Network Promoters stage over 900 events in the highlands and islands in over 90 small scale venues, from community centres to pubs, village halls to historic castles.
WHAT’S BRAW ALL ABOUT?
BRAW is an action-research programme to explore how performers respond to specific rural areas and communities, what kind of work might result and what rural communities make of them. A large proportion of touring performances are created in an urban environment, BRAW will shift that focus and see whether working in a rural context enables more relevant and meaningful experience for audiences in the highlands and islands.
Three communities have been chosen, Lochgoilhead, Forres and the Isle of Eigg, and each have been paired with a performer. Performers will work in their communities to create a professional live performance which will then tour the network in 2019.
“The Touring Network are excited about this project as we want to help promoters and artists who work with us, make deeper connections with their audiences. At the end of this project we will have learned many things which will assist people to connect with live performance – whether that is music, dance or theatre – and understand the positive influence these can have on small communities.” Touring Network Director, Jo Mclean
Soon we will reveal more about your performer! Until then, keep your ears to the ground, you never know what might be happening right on your doorstep…
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