The PANDA Rural Touring event was held on the 24th and 25th March and was hosted by the Witham in Barnard Castle. This year saw the attendance of even more rural touring promoters and programmers than previously. As well as close PANDA partners Cheshire Rural Touring Arts manager Claire Smith and Spot On Lancashire’s Sue Robinson we also had in attendance
Caroline Aston from Arts Out West, programmers from the Witham as well as ArtERY and Highlights.

The scheme aims to raise awareness amongst the community of PANDA companies of the existence of rural touring and the creative opportunities that exist for artists to make work for rural touring and create relationships between promoters and this local cohort of companies.

The scheme received 32 applications and 8 were selected to pitch to the panel. This year a dance company from London was selected as well as companies from across the North West. The companies were all extremely excited to have the opportunity to pitch and have been very complimentary about the experience of pitching and valued the feedback from the panel as well as the future contacts to aid in the development of their piece for rural touring.