“Connecting rural communities across the Scottish Borders with a wide range of high quality, professional touring performances.”

Borders Live Touring (BLT) is a structured approach to delivering high quality professional arts experiences by bringing together local arts programmer, theatre venues, village halls, schools, local theatre companies and touring theatre companies in the Scottish Borders.

Building on previous work and by delivering a support mechanism for venues, many of which are volunteer led, we are helping to bring in new and different audiences, increasing opportunities to promote work and tour, and overall ensure good networking between our excellent halls and venues in the Scottish Borders.

An informal network of promoters and venues has always existed in the area, however Borders Live Touring aims to build a stronger network to develop and ensure stronger artistic programming and quality. Borders Live Touring has links with other touring schemes such as North East Arts Touring (NEAT), The Touring Network (Highlands and Islands) and the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)



  • Exciting shows and performances for audiences of all ages on their very own doorstep!
  • Increasing awareness of high quality productions that are available to programme in venues
  • Improved visibility at a local and national level and putting the Scottish Borders on the map
  • Calendar of Events
  • Training and networking opportunities – brokering conversations between companies and venues and new partnerships being developed

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Borders Live Touring with financial help from Arts Development, Scottish Borders Council and Creative Scotland is a collaboration of theatres, village halls and promoters and has gradually grown over the years. There is now a strong demand for support and assistance from the current membership to attract more high quality touring theatre (including children’s theatre), dance and music to the area.

Whilst the concept of rural touring in the Scottish Borders is not a new one – the area regularly attracts national companies e.g. Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland and performers funded through Creative Scotland and Arts Councils for England for many years, there are gaps in terms of what promoters/venues feel they are able to programme/aware of and what touring companies can expect from the area.

A “Review of the Theatre Sector” published by Creative Scotland in july 2012 encourages the development of a rural touring network in the South of Scotland in a similar format to North East Arts Touring (NEAT) scheme and PAN (now The Touring Network) in the North of Scotland and the map produced y the “National Rural Touring Forum Report” (2007) showed a clear gap in touring provision in the South of Scotland.

Scottish Borders CouncilLottery FundedHeart of Hawick

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Arts Development Business Manager

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Performing Arts Co-ordinator

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Rural Touring Development Officer

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