Nominations are launched for this year’s Culture and Creativity Awards

Nominations are launched for this year’s Culture and Creativity Awards

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

NOMINATIONS have been launched for this year’s Culture and Creativity Awards – which celebrate activity that has brought people together within their communities, in real life or virtually, over the last year.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched the nominations as the coronavirus continues to have a massive impact on the cultural and creative sector - yet despite this, people have found new and innovative ways to be creative. To recognise these special contributions, two new categories have been introduced to this year’s awards: Covid-19 Creative Response, organisation and individual.

These new awards are to recognise and acknowledge individuals and organisations who have used culture and creativity to make a significant impact on people’s lives during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Culture is not only defined as professional arts, cultural events and performances. It also includes the voluntary and community sector who use creative approaches that are innovative and transformational. Nominations are welcomed from these areas.

The Culture and Creativity awards were created as part of the Metro Mayor’s Percent for Culture initiative, to recognise the value and power for change that the arts, cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the city region as one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business.

Last year’s inaugural awards attracted more than 300 nominations and 2,500 votes for the People’s Choice category. The 2020 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovation and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2019 to 12th November 2020.

Nominations can include an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity at a local, Borough or Liverpool City Region level.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “It’s safe to say that 2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone but, in spite of that, our region has still shown a remarkable level of creativity to continue to adapt and innovate.

“In such difficult times, we are lucky to have such a dynamic and inventive cultural sector across our region, to keep us entertained and our spirits up. We want to recognise the brilliant work from individuals and organisations who have helped us get through these difficult months.

“Personally, I’d love to see some nominations for some of our amazing voluntary and community groups, who aren’t always recognised, but have really stepped up and come to the fore since the pandemic struck.”

Nominations can be completed online by November 13. After this date the judging panel will shortlist the finalists for each category from the nominations received. The ceremony, which will be a digital event, with presenters still to be announced, takes place in February 2021. More details will be revealed in due course.

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