Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ON THE STAGE AND SCREEN; We Couldn't Be More Thrilled with the Line Up of On-Stage and On-Screen Entertainment We Have Assembled for the Culture Awards 2016. Enjoy!

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

ON THE STAGE AND SCREEN; We Couldn't Be More Thrilled with the Line Up of On-Stage and On-Screen Entertainment We Have Assembled for the Culture Awards 2016. Enjoy!

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We are delighted to have award-winning actor and presenter Chris Connel (Wet House, Pitmen Painters, George Gently) back to host The Culture Awards for the third time.

"It's great to be back in the driving seat again. The Culture Awards are one of the highlights of the year for the folks involved. It's a real pleasure and, as always, a privilege to play a small part in recognising the achievements of others in what have been quite challenging times. It's great to see that creativity finding its own way against the odds."

The Lake Poets This evening will see a return to Sunderland Minster for Martin Longstaff. Last autumn, he played a duo of sell-out gigs here to launch The Lake Poets' eponymous debut album, which was recorded in Nashville and mixed in Los Angeles by former Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart.

Having just finished another successful tour of Germany, we're massively thrilled to be welcoming Martin back to the Culture Awards stage. "It's always a treat to play at the Minster," says Martin. "It's beautiful, it suits the type of music I make and I have a lot fond memories of the place. I couldn't be happier to be playing the Culture Awards."

Wildworks present: A Great Night Out A night of time-travelling and tuneful storytelling is on the cards in Sunderland on May 1 as internationally-renowned Wildworks present a history of Great Nights Out in the city at The Point, in Holmeside.

WildWorks has been working in Sunderland for the past few months on the exciting project on behalf of the Cultural Spring and will be telling the story of the city through music, stories, laughter and tears.

As we're pretty confident the Culture Awards will be a great night out in Sunderland, we thought it fitting to ask Wildworks to perform a piece from the production... and we couldn't be happier that they agreed.

Ladies of Midnight Blue: Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel Excitement doesn't begin to describe our mood when 2012's Performing Artist of the Year, Hannabiell Sanders, said the wondrous Ladies of Midnight Blue were available and more than willing to play at this year's Culture Awards. …

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