The deadline to make a nomination in Manchester's first ever Culture Awards has been extended by a week following pleas by cultural organisations for more time for them to do so.
The Manchester Culture Awards are taking place in Autumn this year and nominations have been rolling in since the awards were announced back in May.
All nominations were supposed to be in by last weekend, but after being inundated with a last minute flurry of nominations along with calls from cultural organisations saying they wished they had time to make more nominations, the council has decided to extend the nomination deadline by one week.
The deadline for getting nominations in for the awards is now next Sunday, 29 July. Anyone can make a nomination - it isn't just cultural organisations who can nominate - members of the public can also get involved.
The awards have been established by Manchester City Council to recognise the city’s enviable cultural offer that is fast giving it a world-wide reputation for culture and the arts.
The council wants everyone who has taken part in a cultural event over the last year – whether as an audience member or through direct involvement – to have their say on what cultural events or organisations deserve to win an award.
People can do this by making a nomination for what they think has represented the best cultural event they have seen, been involved in, or have heard about from others. The event must however have taken place in Manchester over the last year.
Nominations can be made in twelve different categories including best performance, best event, young creative of the year, and the promotion of health and wellbeing.
Judging takes place in August when all nominations will be assessed by a judging panel made up of cultural industry experts - each of them a recognised leader in their field.
A full list of finalists will be published in September and winners will be announced on November 14 at a special awards ceremony.
Cultural events make a huge contribution to the city’s economy each year, as well as helping make the city a more vibrant place to live, work and play in. The new awards will recognise the best of Manchester’s cultural events over the last year, and also those involved in the city's cultural scene who make these fantastic events possible.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, said: "We've had a phenomenal response to our call out for nominations for the awards, and as this weekend's deadline approached, we also had quite a few calls from organisations pleading with us for a bit more time as they wanted to make multiple nominations in different categories and were running out of time to do this.
"We didn't want to disappoint anyone so have agreed to extend the deadline by another week to give everyone the time they've asked for to get their final nominations in.
"We've been blown away by the reaction to the awards so far since we first announced them and can't wait now to get on with the judging. So if you still haven't made an application and have seen or been involved in an amazing cultural event this year - get online, make your nomination, and make sure you don't miss next week's deadline!"
For more information about the awards and to make a nomination go to manchester.gov.uk/