Culture Awards

Date: Thursday 23rd May
Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: £20.00
Please Note: Tickets are available only from Dawn Owens on 0191 2016430 or email [email protected]

We live in a vibrant region full of creative people. The Culture Awards are a way of celebrating their best achievements and our good fortune – while giving everybody the chance to give credit where it’s due.

At the public awards ceremony on May 23, with its array of musical entertainment (to be announced), 16 specially commissioned awards will be presented to the winners in various categories.

They include performing artist and newcomer of the year and the best events of 2018 in five parts of the region – Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland, Tees Valley and County Durham. An award will also go to the best event overall.

For the first time this year the Culture Awards are being held in association with Middlesbrough Council, with the awards ceremony due to take place in its impressive Town Hall, reopened last year after a £7.7m refurbishment.

The first Culture Awards ceremony, in 2007, took place at Northern Stage in Newcastle. For the last two years the venue has been Hexham Abbey, Northumberland. In hosting the awards, Middlesbrough Town Hall will join a select group which also includes Durham’s Gala Theatre, Durham Cathedral, Sage Gateshead and Sunderland Minster. Middlesbrough is a town with exciting plans and aspirations.

The Culture Awards judges are likely to face a tough task sifting through them when they gather after the closing date of March 22.

Who will emulate last year’s winners who included actress Jessica Johnson, artist Narbi Price, writer and theatre director Catrina McHugh and the Newcastle Puppetry Festival?