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Rural Touring Awards announce new accolades for second year

Lost Dog Dance's Paradise Lost. Photo Zoe Manders Lost Dog Dance's Paradise Lost was named most innovative show at last year's awards. Photo Zoe Manders
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An awards ceremony celebrating rural touring work is to return for second year, with three new categories.

The Rural Touring Awards were held for the first time last year, organised by membership body the National Rural Touring Forum, celebrating performers and venues to volunteers at village halls.

Winners of first Rural Touring Awards announced

Nominations are now open across six categories including three new awards. They are for a music performance, a young person and for a touring scheme collaboration, recognising partnerships.

The awards will also celebrate a stage performance, a voluntary promoter or promoting group and give the NRTF special award, which recognises an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to rural touring.

Anyone working in rural touring is able to nominate, with a shortlist being drawn up later this month.

The awards will be held at Worcester University on June 27, hosted by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, and will be judged by a panel including The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney, playwright Sarah Kent, Deborah Clarke from the local authority network Action with Communities in Rural England and Des George, who won in the best promoter category last year.

The NRTF described rural touring as a growing sector of the UK’s arts industry, with 26% more people attending shows in village halls or at outdoor rural events since 2006.

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