The Touring Network Presents

The Gathering


24-26th april 2020 – NOW CANCELLED

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Ideas for Rural Communities to stay Connected during Coronavirus

Ideas for Rural Communities to stay Connected during Coronavirus

To see social gatherings come to a halt, and contact restricted in what is already a socially isolating place to live – The Highlands & Islands over the next few months could feel a lonely place. We’ve made some suggestions to stay more connected here.

‘S e tachartas bliadhnail a th’ anns a’ Chruinneachadh, ‘s e a’ toirt còmhla luchd-brosnachaidh nan ealan bho air feadh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean, cuide ri cleasaichean, ceòladairean, riochdairean, luchd-maoineachaidh agus luchd-proifeiseanta eile bhon roinn chruthachail gus ar lìonradh a neartachadh, sgilean cudromach a thogail agus obair chruthachail ùr a thaisbeanadh.


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.

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig | ISLE OF SKYE

Thèid An Cruinneachadh 2020 a chumail anns an Eilean Sgitheanach. ‘S e seo a’ chiad uair a tha sinn air ar prìomh thachartas a chumail air eilean agus mar sin tha sinn ‘n dùil gun tèid ar brosnachadh leis na seallaidhean làn dràma an da chuid taobh a-muigh an talla agus taobh a-staigh air an àrd-ùrlar!
‘S e Cuairtean Uaine (neo-chronail don àrainneachd) a bhios againn mar chuspair am bliadhna. Bidh sinn a’ sgaoileadh beachdan air prògrammadh seasmhach, siubhal an luchd-èisteachd agus ionadan-ealain uaine, agus bidh cothrom againn showcase agus prògram air leth fhaicinn feasgar!
Thèid an tachartas air fad a chumail aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, agus tha sinn gu math taingeil do SEALL son taic a chumail rinn ann a bhith a’ cur air dòigh tachartasan air an oidhche.


The Gathering 2020 will take place on the Isle of Skye. This is the first time we’ve hosted our flagship event on an island, so expect to be as inspired by the dramatic Skye scenery outside as the performances on stage inside!

The theme for this year is Greener Touring.  We’ll be sharing lots of ideas for sustainable programming, audience transport, greener venues alongside a very exciting showcase and evening programme!

The whole event will take place at Sabhal Mór Ostaig, and we’re grateful for the support from SEALL in programming our evenings.



We will be exclusively using Attendify for this years Gathering. Attendify is an app which you can download for free on to your phone and then use to Register / Plan your travel / Explore the programme / Chat to delegates (privately and publicly) / Take notes / Bookmark and contact favourite showcase artists.










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

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What to Expect



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.


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.


Workshops & best practice sessions to build your skills and learn from others.


Learn from each other in our interactive discussions and workshops.

Last year, the Gathering celebrated 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!

plus, delicious, wholesome local food and drinks!

Latest News

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.

Visiting Forres


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.


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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