The Collaborative Touring Network

2016- 19

This was an exciting theatre and arts festival which took place twice a year in Medway, produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, London, and eight other regional hubs across the UK as part of the Collaborative Touring Network. The Medway festival brought some of the best new creative works to venues in Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and beyond.

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Project Details

Alongside the touring ‘spine shows’ Paint The Town worked to create opportunities for local audiences and creatives to engage with the arts, through workshops and discussions, commissions and collaborations, surprising pop-up activity, and of course performance opportunities.

Paint The Town festival was a call to action for all the towns in Medway- to be inspired by the arts and inspired by their neighbours, to showcase local creativeness and collaborate on a wider scale, and to take over the town, painting it in a fun, crazy and exciting new light.

The Collaborative Touring Network 2016 to 2019 was a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and 8 producing teams based in Darlington, Gloucester, Hull, Medway, Peterborough, Thanet, Torbay and Wigan. The project was devised and led by Battersea Arts Centre. The three-year project was supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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"As a family we have attended several of Lyrici Arts events. They are amazing, quality, immersive and so affordable! Just wonderful to have them on our doorstep!"

Mrs Burke, Medway resident

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