The Touring Network Presents

The Gathering
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Thu 27 – Sat 29 September 2018   |   Forres, Moray

The Gathering is an annual event bringing together promoters from across the Highlands and Islands with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, build key skills and showcase new work.

It is the networking and showcasing event for all things related to promoting and touring live performance in the Highlands and Islands, and with 2018 being The Touring Network’s 20th anniversary year, you can expect an especially celebratory affair!

We’ve partnered with the Findhorn Bay Festival to allow for even more access to cultural goings on, as well as having some special treats in store including…

This is a small, exclusive event with limited spaces and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Early booking advised!

What to Expect

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Networking

The Gathering is a rare opportunity for promoters from across the Highlands & Islands and other rural areas around Scotland, to meet face to face, to network with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, and share ideas.

Pick each other’s brains, make new friends, and find out what’s going on across the Highlands.

Heritage Film Premiere

Catch the premiere of our heritage film project capturing the life of the network and the people, places and events making live performances happen across the Highlands & Islands.

Showcasing

For performers, the Gathering provides a platform to showcase new work. Perform an excerpt of your show and build relationships with rural promoters.

78% of the performers who showcased at the 2017 Gathering have gone on to tour to Touring Network venues.

Launch of our #EpicStageStory Roaming Museum

Be the first to discover and add to our #EpicStageStory roaming museum, showcasing and celebrating touring performances over the last 20 years!

Discussions

Learn from each other in our interactive discussions and workshops.

This year, the Gathering is a celebration of the Network’s history, and an exploration of how we can work together in the future – promoters, performers and other creative professionals – with a shared vision of a country filled with remarkable performances!

Workshops

Workshops & best practice sessions to build your skills and learn from others – including an exclusive insight into our Braw Project.

plus, delicious, wholesome local food and an extra special birthday AGM!

In partnership with

Findhorn Bay Festival

The Gathering 2018 will take place in the beautiful, creative town of Forres during the annual Findhorn Bay Festival.. Forres is one of Scotland’s oldest small towns situated near the stunning Moray coastline.

We are delighted that Gathering attendees will get to experience the festival on both the Thursday & Friday evenings, and we have handpicked a selection of shows to offer attendees as part of their ticket.

Tickets for each performance are limited, so attendees will have the opportunity to request their 1st, 2nd & 3rd choices for each evening when registering.

* programme elements are included in attendee ticket.

Highlights from Previous Gatherings

As a participant at the Gatherings, we’ve been able to build relationships with small and medium scale promotors across The Highlands, Hebrides and Northern Isles. These partnerships have lead to some ambitious projects and great audience response. It’s always great to work with a network that does what it should do, and does it really well!

Steve Cousins

Let's Circus

The Gathering… acted as a brilliant introduction to many of the promoters in the area and made follow up conversations with promoters much easier. The Touring Network were brilliant at establishing relationships with venues and promoters who were not at The Gathering and were on the phone throughout the process to offer advice. With their support, we were able to extend the tour to a greater number of rural venues, which would not have been possible without this additional support!

Kit Denison

Clod Ensemble

Thank you, and The Touring Network team, for a fabulous ‘Gathering’. We have come away with such a lot of helpful information to digest and then act upon, I’m now really excited and enthused about what we can do to further develop our arts programme … lots of plans! I would just like to let you know that we really appreciate the support we have from The Touring Network, in all its forms. So thanks all!

Lucy Walsh

Craignish Village Hall

Visiting Forres

Transport

Newbold House is situated on the southern outskirts of Forres. Rafford Village Hall is just a 5 minutes drive further out of Forres from Newbold.
Forres is about 25 miles, 40 kilometres, east of Inverness, just off the A96 trunk road.  There are daily trains and bus connections from other UK cities to Inverness, and from Inverness to Forres. Plan your journey by train or bus.

The venues this year are spread out across the Findhorn Bay area, and most are accessible by public transport. However, due to the packed schedule for the Gathering and Findhorn Bay Festival, we are investigating coordinated transport options. If you are willing to assist by car sharing to from and during The Gathering, please indicate this on the registration form or get in touch to let us know.

Travel Bursaries

Travel bursaries of £60 each are available to promoter and performer members who require financial assistance to attend.

Accommodation

During the registration process, you will be given the option to request overnight accommodation – note this is limited, so we advise booking early. Details below:

Tullochwood Lodge

Limited accommodation is available for attendees at reduced rates – book this when you buy tickets. Venue website here.
£148 for a double/twin room x 2 nights, plus option to stay an extra night on Sat for FREE! (breakfast pack provided)
Why not make the most of the extra bed space and bring a partner/friend too? There’s plenty going on at the Findhorn Bay Festival to amuse them while you attend the Gathering!

Newbold House

For those on a tighter budget and happy to share a room, there are a few beds available – book this when you buy tickets. Venue website here
£50 for a single bed in a shared room x 2 nights (breakfast included).

Other Accommodation

Have you sorted your accomodation yet? See our recommendations here.

Newbold House

Rafford Village Hall

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