RTDI callout for dance in rural areas

Published: 29 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Rural Touring Dance Initiative, which brings dance to rural audiences across the UK, has been awarded national funding of £400,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and £450,000 from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.

As well as supporting ten new associate venues, the funding will enable RTDI to support eight dance artists and companies per year to tour their work to rural areas, with over 200 performances and 90 workshops expected between autumn 2023 and summer 2026.

RTDI 3 is anticipated to run 2023–2026 and will see new partnerships with Highlights, a rural touring scheme working across the north of England, and Sonia Sabri Company, a Birmingham-based dance company presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context.

Artists with dance performances available to tour in autumn 2023 and spring 2024 are invited to apply via The Place’s web site before 8 September 2022.