Journal Culture Awards at the Minster

Journal Culture Awards at the Minster

The Journal Culture Awards took place in Sunderland on Tuesday 30 June to celebrate the North East's wonderful culture.

The event, now in its ninth year, was held in the iconic Sunderland Minster. The Minster, which is becoming one of the north east's most sought after venues for cultural events, witnessed a wealth of artistic talent with Hyde & Beast, Nadine Shah, Richard Dawson and David Almond taking to the stage to perform to a packed audience.

The first award of the evening went to David Almond for ‘Great North Run Million Ceremony’. David treat the audience to an extract from the libretto of the much anticipated ‘An Opera for Sunderland’ or rather as we now know it, ‘Miracle! An Opera of Two Halves’. The opera will be performed at the Minster in November.

Five of the awards go to the best event in each of the areas within the region; Durham, Northumberland, Sunderland, Teesside and Tyneside. The nominees for Best Event Sunderland were: ‘Show Me the Money’ which was a very well-regarded exhibition at The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art; ‘Summer Streets’ which was a festival of music, art and culture organised by the Cultural Spring with Ross Millard at the helm; and ‘Sunderland Stages’ which was organised by Arts Centre Washington and brought a broad range of theatre into a series of venues, many of which had never shown theatre before. While all the nominees would have been worthy winners the audience were certainly appreciative when it was announced that the winner was ‘Summer Streets’. This year’s Summer Streets comes to Thompson Park Sunderland on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 July.

Of the performances, Hyde & Beast featuring the Whitburn Singers had, as always, an appreciative audience while Richard Dawson held the audience spellbound and owned the room. Nadine Shah, the winner of Performing Artist of the Year Award brought the proceedings ever so beautifully to a close.

However, a special mention must be made of the winners of the Special Award for Youth Achievement, Hawthorn Primary School’s ‘In Harmony’ ensemble. These young children played a short but wonderful set of classics that the audience couldn’t fail to appreciate.

The Journal Culture Awards were, as ever, a fantastic celebration of north east culture and the venue of Sunderland Minster certainly did the awards and our city proud.

Find out more from about the evening from the Journal News.

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