Live & Local - Surprising Shows In Surprising Places

Live & Local Ltd

Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working with a network of voluntary groups across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. We provide a range of support for arts activities that keep people in touch with their communities and enhance their quality of life.

Live & Local is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee. It is not a charity.
It has a voluntary Board of Directors (5-9 members), which is drawn from funders, staff, users and artists involved with the organisation’s activities.

Community Performance Schemes - Surprising Shows in Surprising Places

The Community Performance Schemes help voluntary groups to choose and promote high quality professional performances for their local community venue. At the heart of the scheme is the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy high quality, affordable, memorable and uplifting live entertainment.

Derbyshire - Live & Local Derbyshire

Leicestershire - Live & Local Leicestershire & Rutland (formerly Centre Stage)

Lincolnshire - Live & Local Lincolnshire (formerly Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring)

Nottinghamshire - Live & Local Nottinghamshire (formerly Village Ventures)

Rutland - Live & Local Leicestershire & Rutland (formerly Centre Stage)

Staffordshire - Live & Local Staffordshire

Warwickshire - Live & Local Warwickshire

Worcestershire - Live & Local Worcestershire (formerly Shindig)


A professional office team provides practical support and advice by helping volunteers to choose shows, and by co-ordinating the bookings, subsidising performances and helping them to attract an audience. The scheme is made possible by funding from local authorities and the Arts Council England but happens because of an investment of time, enthusiasm and commitment by local volunteers and their communities. Click here to contact the office.

Big Picture Show

Big Picture Show - Movies in villages across Warwickshire & Staffordshire.

Live & Local has been bringing the big screen experience to communities in Warwickshire since 2012* and this service will be extended to Staffordshire from October 2014. Local promoters take part on a film by film basis by completing an online booking form on our website.

*The project was initially funded by EU funding through Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER.

Brief History of Live & Local

The organisation grew out of The Warwickshire Village and Community Touring Scheme that was originally managed from 1987 by the County Arts Development Officer. Warwickshire Community Arts was formed as an unincorporated organisation in July 1992 and incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee in August 1994.

Staffordshire joined the network in 1994 and in 1998 Live & Local became the legal name covering all our activities. Derbyshire joined the network in 2001. Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire joined the network in 2015.

National Rural Touring Forum

Live & Local is one of 30 similar organisations that support professional arts events in hundreds of communities throughout the UK. The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) provides a wealth of experience across its membership as well as professional development, market research and cross regional project development opportunities.

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Live & Local Ltd

Live & Local Limited is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.

Registered Office: Pageant House, 2 Jury St, Warwick. CV34 4EW.

Company No: 2955922.

Vat No: 131119656