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29/06/2017

News release - Issued by Make It York

Putting the spotlight on Culture in York

Entries for the 2017 York Culture Awards go live today as the search for the very best in York’s cultural scene gets underway. In this, the second annual celebration of culture in the city, there are twelve awards to be won, which will be compered by BBC Radio York’s Breakfast Presenter Kay Crewdson, at a prestigious ceremony in the North Transept of York Minster on 23 November. And as part of the Awards ceremony, an exclusive drinks reception will take place in the stunning Chapter House by kind permission of York Minster.

The inaugural York Culture Awards attracted an audience of two hundred artists, musicians, makers and creators, all with one thing in common; a keen interest in celebrating excellence in the arts and cultural sector and committed to innovation, creativity and quality.

Lady Gibson, Chair, Make It York, said, “Our cultural businesses and our local communities are producing works of the highest quality that make York a great place to live but also inspire and attract people to the city. We believe talent across our cultural sector should be recognised and by hosting these awards, our aim is to raise the profile of the breadth and quality of work going on here.”

Last year Rose Kent, Director, Accessible Arts and Media, scooped the award for Cultural Champion and now the hunt is on to find the next special person in York who has made an outstanding contribution to the city’s culture scene. Rose said, “It was such an honour for Accessible Arts’ & Media’s work championing inclusion and accessibility to be recognised and I’m looking forward to playing my part on the judging panel this year.”

Joe Pignatiello, BBC Radio York Managing Editor, said, “We’re delighted to support these awards, as they are dedicated to those who help make York the unique cultural city that it is. We’re looking forward to sharing the stories and hearing some of the fantastic work that goes on all year round.”

Lady Gibson added, ‘This awards ceremony is an opportunity for York to celebrate all that is best in culture and creativity in our city. The awards, which cover every aspect of art and culture, will recognise achievements by individual practitioners, businesses, educational establishments, communities and cultural organisations. We want to shout about the sheer quality of creative talent that is here, and we hope these awards, open to everyone, will inspire people to submit their work.”

Free to enter, there will be twelve Awards for the taking including; Best Community Project or Event, Excellence in Cultural Education, Excellence in Cultural Equality and Diversity, Best Cultural Event or Festival, Best Culture Partnership, Excellence in Media Arts, Best Performing Artist, Best Production, Best Visual Artist, Excellence in Writing and Cultural Champion. Added to this a new award this year, Rising Star, will go to someone under the age of 18 and new to the sector who is already showing great promise for a career in their chosen field. Entries will be open until 29 September 2017 for cultural activity which has taken place between October 2016 and September 2017.

The Awards will be judged by an independent panel including, Roger Lee, Director, York Festival Trust, Professor Chris Bailey, York St John University, Dr Fiona Thompson, York St John University, Colin Jackson, Owner, Creative Learning Partnerships, Charles Hutchinson, Arts Editor, The Press, Dr Damian Murphy, Reader in Audio and Music Technology, Marcia Mackey, Director, The Arts Barge Project, , Rose Kent, Creative Director, Accessible Arts & Media and Tom Higham, Creative Director, York Mediale. Entry Forms will go live at www.yorkculturewards.com today.

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For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Corporate Communications – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852
Email: kay.hyde@makeityork.com

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554436
Email: Katie.parsons@makeityork.com

Notes to editors:

About Make It York
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

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