This year has seen another massive response to the call-out for nominations for the Manchester Culture Awards and the finalists can now be revealed.
The awards were set up by the council last year to recognise the enormous contribution culture makes to the city economy and also the role of culture in helping make Manchester a vibrant place where people want to live, work and play.
The cultural call-out back in June this year saw over 300 nominations made across twelve different award categories.
Once again the exceptional quality of all those nominated left judges with the unenviable task of deciding which entries should go through to the final.
This year's judging panel included: Alison Clark - Director North and National Director of Combined Arts for Arts Council England; Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Executive Member for Skills, Culture & Leisure; Dr Ruth Bromley GP in Wythenshawe, the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School and Chair of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning; Rachel Roger - Director of Reform Radio; and Fiona Worrall Strategic Director Neighbourhoods Manchester City Council.
Following lengthy discussion and debate five nominees were shortlisted in each category and will now go forward to the final stage of judging.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "It's clear from the fantastic response we had to the call-out for nominations that culture matters to people in Manchester. It's part of the glue that holds this city together and makes it a better place, a place where people want to be.
"The calibre of entries this year was astonishing and the bar was once again set very high meaning it was no easy task for the judges to choose who should go through to the final stage of judging.
"It's going to be harder still to decide which of the five finalists in each category should be crowned the winner. Watch this space!"
Full list of finalists in each award category:
Young Creative of the Year
Promotion of Health and Wellbeing
Facing Out: Life after treatment for Facial Cancer
Company Chameleon in partnership with 42nd Street
Royal Exchange and One Manchester: On Top of the World
Contact Theatre: Health and Wellbeing programme
Shared Health Foundation: Bee Squad
Promotion of Equality & Diversity
Rethink Rebuild Society
The Proud Trust
Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign
Proud and Loud Arts
Promotion of Environmental Sustainability
A Rubbish Night at the Museum
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Friends of Didsbury Park: The Poppy Path Project
A New Canary in the Mine
Promotion of Talent and Leadership
Community Arts North West
Manchester International Festival
Promotion of Culture and Education
Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester Museum: Shabtis in School Project
Stanley Grove Primary Academy: Creative Team
Manchester Libraries: Storytime sessions
Best Business Partnership
The Cultural Destinations Steering Group
Allied London and Reform Radio
Transport for Greater Manchester and HOME
Victoria Baths Trust and Tile Giant
With One Voice, Laing O'Rourke and Bruntwood
Quarantine: No Such Thing
Manchester Museum: An Afternoon with the Family Gorgeous and Friends
Manchester Family Arts Network: The Ministry of Lost and Found
Wild in Art: Bee in the City
Manchester Libraries: Fun Palaces!
HOME & Community Arts NW: CYA@HOME theatre company - A Generation Rising
Manchester Camerata & Louise Wallwein MBE: Hidden
The Glasshouse Bootleg Choir & The Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust: Armistice 100 Concert
Z-Arts, Manchester International Festival: Studio ORKA INUK
Z-Arts, A World inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and other Creatures
Manchester Art Gallery: Martin Parr
People's History Museum: Represent!
Manchester Central Library: Bobbins
The Whitworth: We Are 11
HOME, Unlimited Theatre and RashDash
Venture Arts, The Whitworth and Castlefield Gallery
Coming in from the Cold Team and Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust
Brighter Sound - Both Sides Now
Dr Erinma Bell
Contact in the City
Hope Mill Theatre
In addition to the twelve main nomination categories with winners to be decided by the panel of judges, members of the public were also invited to join in with the awards and vote for their own cultural winner through the Manchester People's Culture Award - a special award made in association with the Manchester Evening News.
List of nominees for the Manchester People's Cultural Award:
The Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust
Winners in all categories will be announced at a special awards ceremony being held at Manchester Central on Saturday 9 November.
For more information on the awards visit: manchester.gov.uk/