Arts that matter in places that matter


About us…

Since 1993, Villages in Action has been Devon’s rural touring scheme. Working with volunteer promoters in each of our villages, we have brought world class performers and professionally-run arts workshops to Devon doorsteps.

Due to a funding shortfall, our seasons of live performances were put on hold in March 2017.  Since then we have been working with Carn to Cove, the rural touring project of the charity Creative Kernow based in Cornwall, to pull together a season of performances in Devon for Spring 2018. Work on this is ongoing so watch this space for details!

And we are delighted now to be able to let you know that Carn to Cove has just been successful in their bid for Strategic Touring Fund monies from Arts Council England to develop a new 3 strand project called Locomotor. This will include the development of a sustainable rural touring offer for Devon. The objective of this is to secure and resource the volunteer network in Devon already active in their local communities to provide ‘Great Art for Everyone’ with high quality performances, and to build capacity for the sector in Devon.  Please head to our News page to read all about it!

We should also note that our fabulous volunteer promoters have not been resting on their laurels this Autumn. They have pushed ahead with a great variety of independently booked arts promotions which we have been delighted to publicise for them on our Facebook page and through our newsletter. The commitment and energy that abounds in the rural touring volunteer community is wonderful and we are so pleased that the news from Carn to Cove will mean that the story of rural touring will continue and grow in our lovely county.

And we must also celebrate the fact that Unearth, our Heritage Lottery funded project for 2017-19 was unaffected by the cessation of our rural touring scheme and Part One has now been very successfully concluded. 4 village communities worked together during 2017 with Kate Green and Jim Causley (musician), Lucy Bell (playwright), Peter Margerum (artist) and Charlie Watts (actor) to bring to life the unearthed stories of their communities, culminating in a unique and often moving multi-media performance in each village hall. It has been an amazing project so far and we are very much looking forward to working with another 4 communities during the rest of this year and 2018.

Take a moment to watch this film about why people place such a high value on hosting professional entertainment in their villages: out in the sticks is wonderful!

Villages in Action has been a major player in the vibrancy and social cohesion of Devon’s rural life, and our organisation has been the nursemaid of Devon’s creative talent. We are proud that this legacy looks set to continue.

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