Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC is an artist led production company based in Stornoway which commissions film, experimental theatre and strategic arts projects.

Working across a broad portfolio of arts initiatives Rural Nations CIC delivers the annual Hebrides International Film Festival and produces our own Island originated professional theatre and short film projects in partnership with artists and organisations based across the UK and from other countries.

Our film work in 2020/2021 is focussed on the production of a short drama around Iolaire survivor guilt, based on true Island stories, we are working with award winning Scottish screen writer Jim McRoberts and currently building an international film crew to deliver the work.  The Gaelic language short film which is in the process of seeking funding is being created for international Film Festival markets. Keep an eye on this website for more details over coming months. 

Current theatre and performance partnerships in development include a new bi-lingual dementia play, Five to Midnight (Provisional title) with David Walker, Artair Donald and Simon MacCallum of Tog-i Gaelic language Theatre Company. 

Other theatre initiatives include the development of family puppet show for Western Isles audiences presenting a new collection of Hebridean puppet characters.   

The company is also working on a new phase of research and development where we are looking at digital innovation using theatre and storytelling presented in the context of extreme environments and virtual space.



International audience of partners and artists from Reclaim the Future at a Psalmboat event at the Bays Centre Harris in 2018. photo by Mairi Macleod.



The Hebrides International Film Festival provisional dates are:- 

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th September 2020

(Due to current and potentially ongoing COVID 19  restrictions on operation of cinemas this event may be postponed until such time as An Lanntair Arts Centre and our Rural Island venues are able to operate under Government guidelines for cinema and group events. status at 25/05/2020).



Global lockdown measures have generated a wave of digitalisation, and the performing arts have undoubtedly been pulled in with it. As it is not that obvious for the live arts to jump from the real life domain to the Internet, we need to ask ourselves: what does this mean for the future of our sector? Based on the key findings of a short but effective survey IETM circulated among their members, this report compiles 7 key points covering the concerns with digitalisation and how to go about it effectively. 




Find out more about IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) here.


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