Project Partners

Applause Rural Touring

Applause Rural Touring is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation based in Tunbridge Wells, a rural touring scheme that supports communities throughout Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex to access professional theatre, music and performing arts.

Working with artists, performing companies and a network of local promoters, Applause Rural Touring takes live performance into the heart of local communities across Kent and Sussex. Familiar local venues and outdoor events are filled with exciting theatre, poetry, music, dance and storytelling for everyone to enjoy. Applause commissions and supports artists and companies to make, produce and tour exciting new work across the region, giving audiences direct access to exceptional arts on their rural doorstep.



Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity committed to bringing the very best arts and cultural activities to rural and/or under-engaged audiences across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region.

We aim to use the transformative power of the arts to fight rural and social isolation; broaden horizons and ambitions; increase skills, health and wellbeing; and make a positive difference to the lives of people living in rural communities. We do this by supporting rural residents to run professional live performance and cinema events for their communities, alongside a portfolio of innovative projects which support education, health and wellbeing and skills development.



National Centre for Writing

National Centre for Writing’s mission is to put literature at the heart of contemporary culture. Through pioneering and collaborative projects National Centre for Writing explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation.



Pub is the Hub

Pub is The Hub  is a not-for-profit organisation of specialist advisors helping communities to access essential services and activities through their local pub. 

 Pub is The Hub-inspired projects give vulnerable, elderly or isolated residents a reason to get out of their house  – to visit the pub’s post office or micro-library, pick up some cash, watch a classic film, meet friends at the pub’s coffee shop or learn how to get online and use social media through the pub’s IT training courses.

The wider benefits include opportunities for local suppliers, local employment and a reduction in the environmental impact of accessing services and activities outside rural communities.