The York Culture Awards are back – celebrating the best artistic endeavour in the city.
Free to enter, there are 15 award categories, covering everything from Outstanding Community Arts Project through Outstanding Busker to Cultural Champion.
You can nominate yourself or someone else for an award. The closing date is September 28.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by York Theatre Royal in November, with patron Mark Herman – director of films including Brassed Off and Little Voice – in attendance.
In the run up to the deadline we are asking York Culture Award judges for their thoughts on the artistic scene in the city.
Today it’s the turn of Dr Fiona Thompson who is lead judge in the Outstanding Cultural Festival (Small) category
‘There is a vibrancy about York’s cultural scene’
As a proud member of the York St John University community the annual carol service is always a very special moment with the Minster alive with the energy and performances from our students, including the wonderful Communitas Choir. Walking out of the Minster on a cold winter’s night to see the Christmas lights of York was truly magical this year.
However, I also think the Culture Award show itself is worthy of mention – having this opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of our cultural scene is memorable, but I don’t think it is strange!
Dr Thompson is deputy vice chancellor, learning and teaching, at York St John University
York Culture Awards
They are an opportunity to showcase our city-wide cultural achievements and future plans, as well as to inspire and motivate organisations, businesses and educational institutions to make York’s cultural offer stronger.