Manchester City Council

Winners of first Manchester Culture Awards to be announced this week

This week sees the announcement of the winners of the first ever Manchester Culture Awards to recognise the very best of culture that has been on offer in the city over the last year.

Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony this Wednesday 14 November hosted by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and Radio 5 Live 'Afternoon Edition' presenter Nihal Arthanayake.

Following a phenomenal response to the call for nominations back in May that saw nearly 300 nominations made across twelve different award categories, five finalists in each category were shortlisted and are now waiting to hear if they are winners.

The awards recognise the massive contribution culture makes to the city's economy, and the role of culture in helping make Manchester a vibrant place where people want to live, work, and play.

Full list of finalists in each award category:

Young Creative of the Year

Ali Wilson

Annalise Browne

Jonathon Heyward

Dominic Bennett

Mohammed Leonardo

Promotion of Health and Wellbeing

Streetwise Opera



Manchester Museum

Manchester Art Gallery

Promotion of Equality & Diversity

The Proud Trust

Women's Words on Manchester

Venture Arts

Olympias Music Foundation

Amani Creatives

Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

Manchester Arts and Sustainability Team

Manchester City Council Events Team and Walk The Plank


Bridgewater Basin Eco Partnership

Z-Arts and St Philip's Primary School

Promotion of Talent and Leadership 


HOME Young Creatives


Venture Arts

Young Identity

Best Business Partnership


Museum of Science and Industry

Halle Orchestra and Siemens

Z-Arts and One Manchester


Best Event

Paris-Manchester 1918 - RNCM

What Is the City but the People? - Manchester International Festival commission

This is Human - Project X, HOME

Manchester Science Festival 2017 - Museum of Science and Industry

This Vibrant Thing - PlatformMcr and Manchester Libraries

Best Performance 

The Welcoming Party - Manchester International Festival, Z-Arts, Theatre Rites co-commission

Tony Walsh - This is the Place

#BeMoreMartyn - Hope Theatre Company

Illuminate - Company Chameleon

She Bangs the Drum - Contact Young Company and People's History Museum

Best Exhibition

Sonia Boyce - Manchester Art Gallery

Stories of Sacrifice - British Muslim Heritage Centre

Waqas Khan - Manchester Art Gallery

Beyond Dementia - The Whitworth

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights - People's History Museum

Inspiring Innovation

Comma Press

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre

Old Abbey Taphouse


Manchester Street Poem - Manchester International Festival commission

Outstanding Contribution

Carcanet Press

Manchester International Festival

This is the Place (book) - Tony Walsh

Royal Exchange Theatre

Linda Brogan - Excavating the Reno

In addition to the main nomination categories with winners to be decided by the panel of judges, members of the public were also invited to join in with the awards and vote for their own cultural winner through the Manchester People's Culture Award - a special award to be made in association with the Manchester Evening News.  

List of nominees for the  Manchester People’s Cultural Award in association with the Manchester Evening News:

Esme Ward

Tony Walsh

Liz O'Neill

Linda Brogan

Stephen Evans

Video Jam

Clayton Hall Living History Museum

Dave Moutrey

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture, and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "It's going to be a great night on Wednesday for everyone, regardless of whether people are winners or not.  It's a chance to come together and celebrate the very best of culture in the city and the enormous contribution it makes to Manchester's economy and also to everyone who lives, works and plays here."

The judging panel was made up of Sara Todd, Deputy Chief Executive Manchester City Council; Alison Clark, Director North & National Combined Arts Director, Arts Council England; Mags Bradbury, Associate Director Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Central Manchester University NHS Trust; Keisha Thompson, Manchester writer, performance artist and producer; and Mark Dobson, independent cultural consultant; and Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the awards ceremony being held at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday 14 November from 7 pm. 

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