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A guide to touring across Europe for UK performing artists and companies

News, 11 June 2021

A guide to touring across Europe for UK performing artists and companies


The tour must go on!

UK artists and companies can still tour in Europe and this is how!
We’ve created a simple, practical guide to support and empower UK-based individual artists and small companies working in theatre, dance and live art to continue to tour work across Europe:

From insurance and visas to copyright and cabotage, the guide offers a practical step-by-step overview guide, case studies and country-focused details to help navigate the post-Brexit touring landscape and will continue to be updated as the rules and regulations evolve.

Who is the guide for?

  • UK-based individual artists, small companies and producers working in theatre, dance and live art.
  • European arts organisations, festivals and venues looking to programme UK artists and companies.

It is focused primarily on performing arts tours less than 3 months long.

In-depth details in country-focused guides

Alongside an overview of touring in Europe, the guide also contains in-depth details of 19 countries, including funding, VAT, tax and moving people, props and sets. These countries were chosen because they have the clearest track record of presenting and collaborating with UK performance artists. We hope to be able to expand these country guides over time.


Commissioned by Arts Council England through Artsadmin, LIFT and 1927, the guide was written by independent producers and consultants Nadine Patel and Ania Obolewicz and it is available to read and download in text, audio and Easy Read formats.

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