Manchester Culture Awards - nomination deadline extended!

The deadline to make a nomination in this year's Manchester Culture Awards has been extended by a week following pleas by cultural organisations and others for more time.

The awards ceremony takes place in the autumn and nominations have been rolling in since the awards were announced last month.  

Nominations were supposed to be in by this weekend, but following a last minute flurry of entries along with calls from cultural organisations and community groups saying they wished they had more time, 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, 7 July

Anyone can make a nomination - it isn't just cultural organisations who can nominate - members of the public and community groups can also get involved.

Everyone who has taken part in a cultural event or project over the last year – whether as an audience member or through direct involvement – can have their say on what cultural events or organisations deserve to win an award.

Nominations can be made in thirteen different categories including young creative of the year, best event, best performance, and even a special award for environmental sustainability to mark an event's green credentials.

The event must however have taken place in Manchester over the last year between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. 

Judging takes place in August and a full list of finalists will be published in September, with winners announced at a special awards ceremony on November 9.

The awards were established last year by the council to recognise Manchester's enviable cultural offer that is fast giving it a world-wide reputation for culture and the arts, as well as amazing creative events and activities in our communities.

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 awards 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: 

"Following last year's hugely successful inaugural awards, we've had another phenomenal response to our call out for nominations for the awards this year.

"The deadline was supposed to be this weekend but we've decided to extend it for one more week after having quite a few calls from organisations pleading with us for a bit more time to get their nominations in.

"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.  

"Once again we've been blown away by the reaction to the awards and can't wait to get on with the judging.  

"So if you haven't made an application yet and have seen or been involved in an amazing cultural event this year that moved you, or wowed you - get on-line, 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

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