A NEAT day for entertainment group at Aden

North East Arts Touring (NEAT) held their Promoter Day and AGM at Aden Theatre, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw on Saturday, October 5.

NEAT is funded by Creative Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council and promote professional theatre and dance performances in rural venues across the North-east of Scotland through a dedicated team of volunteer promoters.

NEAT is also currently piloting a new film screening network which will be launched across the region early in 2014.

Provost Webster paid a fitting tribute to the “unsung heroes” who promote professional theatre and dance performances in rural venues across the North-east.

Key note speeches by Lorna Duguid, Portfolio Manager for Touring and Festivals and Clare Hewitt, Arts Development Officer from Creative Scotland, gave NEAT promoters a positive boost as they discussed Creative Scotland’s renewed vision for the future of rural touring.

NEAT promoters clock up a massive 2080 volunteer hours per annum to promote approximately 120 performances in around 30 venues across the region, attracting an average annual audience of 6,500.

Emyr Bell, Executive Manager of NEAT, added: “A study carried out by the Scottish Government has confirmed that engaging in cultural events is having a positive impact on health and life satisfaction. Our promoters are not just volunteers, they are life changers.”

These ‘life changing’ opportunities will increase sharply in 2014 with the launch of Neat Flicks, so be aware, a film is coming to a rural venue near you soon!

As the lights dimmed in Aden Theatre, promoters and guests were entertained by a double bill of film and theatre.

As popcorn was served the screen flickered to life with a screening of Franz Kafka’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” followed by a performance of “Dead Dad Dog” by Aberdeen based Quids In Theatre Company.

NEAT’s winter line-up is underway with an exciting and engaging programme of events.

If you would like to know more about these performances or are interested in promoting your own events please visit www.neatshows.org.uk. for further details.

NEAT wish to acknowledge Buchan Development Partnership for making this day possible.