Manchester City Council

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 in recognition of the city's growing reputation world-wide for an enviable cultural offer that contributes greatly to the city's economy each year, as well as helping make 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 and collectively delivered some activity in every ward of the city  (Source: MCC Cultural Impact Survey 2016/17). 

The awards ceremony - the first of what is hoped will become an annual event - will be held on Wednesday 14 November and 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. 

In addition to the main nomination categories with winners to be decided by a panel of judges, there is also a chance for members of the public to join in with the awards and vote for their own cultural winner through the Manchester People's Culture Award - a special award to be made in association with the Manchester Evening News. 

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.

The full list of award categories includes:

Young Creative of the Year

A young person (aged 13-25) who is inspiring future generations of Mancunians and others through their creativity and/or supporting others to be creative.

Promotion of Health and Wellbeing

A project, organisation or partnership that is making an impact by improving people’s health and well-being.

Promotion of Equality & Diversity

An organisation, group or individual that is committed to increasing equality and diversity in culture.

Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

A project, organisation or partnership that is making a positive impact on the environment or raising awareness of green issues.

Promotion of Talent and Leadership 

An organisation, group or individual that does great work supporting others to grow their skills and talents.

Best Business Partnership

An organisation, group, or individual with entrepreneurial spirit, leading innovative business partnerships? 

Best Event

A brilliant event that you think should be recognised. 

Best Performance 

A performance, in any art  form, that was outstanding. 

Best Exhibition

An arts or heritage exhibition that was outstanding. 

Inspiring Innovation

An organisation, group or partnership who stood out for taking a fresh or radical approach leading to successful outcomes in any area of delivery. 

Outstanding Contribution

An organisation, group or partnership whose work stood out and made an outstanding contribution to the cultural reputation of Manchester.

The Manchester People’s Cultural Award

Someone whose dedication and contribution to culture in Manchester should be recognised. This is a special award and the final winner will be chosen by a public vote, in association with the Manchester Evening News.  

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for School, Culture and Leisure, said:  "Manchester recognises that culture is not an optional extra but something which delivers real social and economic benefits - a key part of what makes this a great city. That's why when some places hit by austerity have been cutting back on their investment in culture Manchester has remained committed to it as something which not only supports jobs but stokes imaginations, builds aspirations, boosts confidence and skills and is good for people's health. 

"These awards are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contribution which culture makes to our city. "

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