Anyone can host a fringe workshop, on any topic relevant to rural Scotland, at the Rural Parliament this year.
We are not alone. By working together we can change things.
Fringe workshops will be taking place on Thursday evening alongside an informal dinner and exhibition, and on the Saturday.
Thursday fringe workshops can only be hosted and attended by people participating in the Rural Parliament. Saturday fringe workshops can be hosted by anyone and attended by members of the public as well as participants in the Rural Parliament. They can last for 1 – 2 hours.
It is free to host and to attend a fringe workshop. You can tell us your idea when you register to attend the Rural Parliament, or use this link to book a fringe event: book here
Opportunities to exchange ideas with others and make new contacts.
Confirmed fringe events for 2016 include:
- Women and the ditribution of land
- Support to engage programme (STEP)
- The secret of seaweed in the kitchen
- Scripts on land reform, Scotland
- Dare to dream
- Want good food available locally for all?
- Rural churches – here to listen; here to care
- Rural wisdom – Making our rural communities work better for older people
- An introduction to participatory budgeting
Full fringe programme: Fringe Workshops
We can help people with an idea for a fringe workshop connect with others who may have a similar idea, but do not control the content or quality of fringe workshops – that’s up to you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can run a fringe workshop?
Participants in the Rural Parliament can run a workshop on the Thursday and anyone can run a workshop on the Saturday.
How much does it cost?
It is free to run a fringe workshop.
What facilities are there?
There are classroom spaces of varying sizes with projectors, tables and chairs. There are also other spaces as you would expect in a school and leisure centre, such as dance studios, catering areas etc., which may be suitable for a demonstration or a more hands-on workshop.
How long can fringe workshops last?
Fringe workshops can be up to two hours, but we would expect most to last 45 – 60 minutes. You may want to do a workshop which is actually a series of 10-minutes drop-in sessions, or which is more of a demonstration e.g. cookery skills, or even a practical class such as dance.
What sort of activities do you expect people to do in a fringe workshop?
We hope there will be an exciting variety of fringe workshops, from the more practical hands-on to in-depth discussion and debate on key issues. People may book a fringe event with no specific agenda, but make the time and space available for a certain group of people, community council representatives for example, to chat with each other.