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A first timer's guide to the NRTF Conference

Let me set the scene:  Murray wins at Wimbledon. The following day, excitedly, a red-headed French lady, a blonde Yorkshire lass and a brunette Welsh gal head up to Scotland on the East Coat Mainline. Not to celebrate in Andy's home town, but to attend a conference just 4 miles down the road at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirlin g. It is very hot and w e are on our way to the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) Conference 2013. This is Rural Arts ON Tour, on tour! As we board the train in Edinburgh, we begin to realise that a few passengers are heading there too, so we start sharing stories; explaining what Rural Arts ON Tour is all about, chatting about #CreateTour and asking people about their experiences of Rural Touring.  And that was it - we barely stopped for three days.  Ice-breakers, networking meetings, break out groups, artist showcases, presentations, discussions, workshops, a Ceilidh and even trombone playing; all washed down with plenty of tea, cake, lots of chatti