Brand new awards to recognise the best of Manchester culture

A brand-new awards ceremony will take place this autumn in Manchester to recognise the best cultural events held in the city over the last year.

The Manchester Culture Awards have been established by the Council. They are in recognition of the city’s growing reputation world-wide for an enviable cultural offer that contributes to the city’s economy each year, and makes the city a vibrant place to live, work, and play in.

In 2016/17 Manchester’s cultural organisations generated economic impact of an estimated £134.2 million in Gross Value Added, through employment, contracts and attracting visitors to the city. They reached 4 million people as audience members during 2016/17 through 11,066 productions and commissions.

They also collectively delivered some activity in every ward of the city.

The awards ceremony – the first of what is hoped will become an annual event – will be held on Wednesday 14 November. It will recognise cultural achievements that have taken place between April 2017 and April 2018.

Awards will be made in twelve different nomination categories to acknowledge different aspects of the last year’s cultural highlights, including Best Event, Young Creative of the Year, and Promotion of Health and Well-being.

There will be panel of judges for the nominated categories. There is also a chance for the public to vote for their own cultural winner through the Manchester People’s Culture Award.

Nominees for each of the awards must be based in the city of Manchester or have a track record of delivering activity for the benefit of the people who live in or visit the city, or that benefits the local economy.

Judging takes place in August when nominations will be assessed by a judging panel made up of cultural industry experts – each of them a recognised leader in their field.  The full line-up of judges will be announced in June.

A full list of finalists will be published in September and winners will be announced in November at the awards ceremony.

Nominations are now open and entries can be submitted until Sunday 22 July.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Manchester City Council


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