Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrate Our Rich Cultural Tapestry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrate Our Rich Cultural Tapestry

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Byline: Sam Wonfor Arts Reporter sam.wonfor@ncjmedia.co.uk

FOR the past seven years, The Journal Culture Awards have been annually rewarding the best people, work and events to come out of the North East's rich cultural stable. So why should this one be any different? Today we can proudly announce that this year's event will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 16, in Hall One of Sage Gateshead.

Not only that, but we can also confirm the first act to sign up to perform on the night.

Mercury Music Prize nominee and adopted Liverpudlian Geordie, Kathryn Williams will take to the stage with her touring band to play a bespoke set for what we're sure will be a packed out crowd.

Kathryn, who is interviewed on page 33 of today's Journal, said: "I'm really chuffed to have been asked. I love Newcastle and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. It's brilliant that there is an event like this to reward the amazing work which goes on all over the region. I'm really looking forward to performing and clapping for everyone."

As has been the form since the event was launched in 2006, the ceremony itself will see 15 bespoke trophies given out in categories such as Performing Artist, Visual Artist, Writer, Newcomer and Performance of the Year. There will also be awards for the region's best events as well as ones to recognise the Best Arts and Business Partnerships, great work in North East Museums and a particularly special contribution from one individual or organisation.

Brian Aitken, editor of The Journal, said: "Last year's Culture Awards, which took place amid the magnificence of Durham Cathedral, offered a true beacon for the rich tapestry of cultural talent we are lucky to have here in the North East.

"We felt it was not only the right time, but an essential time to dial up the ambition of the event to offer a bigger platform from which to recognise and applaud the creativity, commitment and determination which has been shown by the region's cultural community during what has been an amazingly challenging time. …

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