Where it Happens

Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Sweden and the UK.

Time Frame

June 2018 - 2021

What is SPARSE?

SPARSE is a partnership between seven European countries, all working together to formalise a pan European Rural Touring Network. Currently, with the exception of the UK, a rural touring network does not exist within much of Europe. As part of this project Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania and Sweden are working together to devise a plan for rural touring in their countries, based on the successful rural touring model that has been operating in the UK for the last 25 years. Take Art in Somerset are Carn2Cove in Cornwall are supporting the research and development aspects of this project.

How does SPARSE work?

Across the UK we are very lucky to have some amazing rural touring schemes which bring top quality theatre, dance and music in to local communities, giving people a chance to see shows in their village halls that they would normally have to travel into larger towns to see. 

SPARSE is bringing the knowledge of these schemes along with knowledge from similar schemes in Norway and Sweden to work with these arts organisation in the partner counties create their own rural touring schemes working with local promoters from the villages.    

This project is funded by Creative Europe and just one of three that are currently receiving funding from the EU for an Arts project.

What is happening in 2019?

At the beginning of May five promoters from each country along with the partners came to Cornwall to meet each other and learn about how rural touring works. They met with local promoters and artists. Attended the Carn to Cove menu launch where the promoters get to see what shows are on offer for the upcoming season. 

Sarah and Ralph from Take Art have visited Italy and Romania to meet the promoters, see the venues that will be used and pass on their knowledge. Claire and Imogen from Carn to Cove have been to meet the Lithuania and Estonia promoters. 

You can find out more about the project on it's website

Below is a film that the Italian partners AMAT have created showing their experience in the project. 


The Take Art Effect

Like RIOTEthis project will allow Take Art to forge stronger ties with multiple arts organisations across Europe. SPARSE will take professional performing arts companies to rural audiences in local community venues across the partner countries. The aim is to readdress the imbalance of the cultural offer for rural communities, so they can experience a similar standard of shows to that of urban audiences.