Throughout March we’ve had our Promoter Meetings in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire, and what fun they all were!
Each meeting started with a presentation by John Laidlaw, Executive Director of Live & Local, who gave an overview of what’s been happening at Live & Local. This year we were able to report back that our funding is steady and we’ve successfully had our Warwickshire funding reinstated. We shared the exciting news about our expansion into the East Midlands and explained what this means for Live & Local, and we also invited promoters to voice their interest for this year’s National Rural Touring Forum Conference, which takes place in Norfolk from 14-16 July.
After the presentation the promoters got a glimpse at the new 2015/16 menu, as well as seeing a snippet of live performance from an artist featuring in this year’s menu. We had performances from Blast from the Past, The Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Project and KEPOW Theatre Company, whose routine from their show Crazy Little Thing Called Love made me cry with laughter!
We had 156 attendees altogether, which is fantastic amount so thank you to all who came along. I would also like to say a massive thank you to Bramshall Village Hall, Church Lawford Village Hall, Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall and Great Witley Village Hall for letting us use their venues!
These meetings give promoters the chance to meet one another and it’s also an opportunity for the Live & Local staff to meet promoting groups to.
We had some lovely comments from Lesley-Ann French, promoter for Pailton Village Hall about the Warwickshire Promoter Meeting:
“I always enjoy the sense it gives me of promoting our own village events, whilst being part of a bigger picture across the region. I thought as I came away after the meeting, that I’m probably doing what I do within Live & Local because of that combination.”
In addition to our Promoter Meetings, John and Frances Newbury (Fieldworker for Derbyshire and Staffordshire) have been going along to the East Midlands meetings, where they’ve been treated to some new shows. We are all very jealous in the office!