As it happened: Culture Awards 2013 from Sage Gateshead

Live updates and a live stream video from this year's Culture Awards from Sage Gateshead, with performances from Kathryn Williams, The Lake Poets, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Kate Fox and the Mighty Doonans



Good evening and welcome to live blog HQ for The Journal Culture Awards 2013, which are being streamed live from Hall One, Sage Gateshead from 7.30pm.

As well as seeing the best of the North East's culture creators royally rewarded, you can expect to see performances from Kathryn Williams, The Lake Poets, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Kate Fox and The Mighty Doonans as the night goes on.

These are the eighth Culture Awards and will be hosted by Pitmen Painters actor, Chris Connel for the second year running.

From 6.30pm, the great, the good and the thoroughly top drawer of the region's cultural community will be gathering in the concourse at Sage Gateshead, united in their mission to applaud all that was brilliant when it came to cultural output in 2013.

Fifteen awards will be given out in categories including Performing Artist of the Year, Visual Artist of the Year, Writer of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best Arts and Business Partnership.

The Best Events in Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Teesside will also be cheered... and there's a secret Special Contribution award to boot.

Exciting eh?

Feel free to get involved with our live coverage of the event. Just use the hashtag #cultureawards on twitter and we'll weave your comments into the blog.



Good evening and welcome to this year's Culture Awards from Sage Gateshead. We would like to wish all the nominees good luck and hope everyone has a good evening.


Here is a sneak peek of Hall One at Sage Gateshead earlier today


The Mighty Doonans will be opening the awards this evening and host Chris Connel was impressed when he heard them sound checking earlier today


Frankie & the Heartstrings are one of the acts performing tonight along with Kathryn Williams, The Lake Poets,, Kate Fox and The Mighty Doonans


There are a grand total of fifteen awards to be won this evening including:

  • Writer of the Year
  • Best Event Durham
  • Best Arts and Business Partnership
  • Best Event Northumberland
  • North East: Museum Award
  • Best Event Sunderland
  • Performance of the Year
  • Visual Artists of the Year
  • Best Event Teesside
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • Special Contribution
  • Best Event Tyneside
  • Performing Artist of the Year
  • Arts Council Award
  • Best Overall Event

The Mighty Doonans are about to go on stage at the Culture Awards


You can't have an awards ceremony without a #selfie especially after the Oscars, so here's Sam Wonfor from the Culture Magazine with Kathryn Williams


There must be something in the air as here is another #selfie courtesy of the National Glass Centre


The Culture awards are about to get underway - these cultural lot are a tardy bunch as everyone files into Hall One to take to their seats.


Sam Wonfor from the Culture Magazine sums up what it's like to live in the North East


Here's another look at Hall One at the Sage Gateshead as people took to their seats earlier


Brian Aitken, Business Development Director, Trinity Mirror North East & Editor at The Journal,  has taken tto the stage to open the proceedings and tell us how you raise the bar after last year's awards.

According to Sam Wonfor he has finally got his Sellfridges joke into his speech WITH accompanying photograph - now I'm intrigued to know what it is since I'm sitting in the office and not the Sage.


And here he is - looking very smart on the big screen


Kate Fox is now on stage delivering her bespoke poem featuring every last one of our nominees tonight. Now that's impressive!

Guests are tweeting about her 'fantastic & clever poem' and someone has asked if anyone is keeping count. I'm sure she hasn't missed anyone.


Everyone is loving Kate Fox's poem, especially those who got a mention. Our reporter Sam described Second moon 'a lunatic work' #topnotch #cultureawards @katefoxwriter


Here is more praise for Kate Fox's fantastic poem


It's time for the first award which is Writer of the Year sponsored by UK Land Estates. The nominees are:

  • Matthew Crow
  • Paddy Campbell
  • Steve Chambers

Good luck to you all.


Congratulations goes to Paddy Campbell. Well done!


Actor and presenter Chris Connel is hosting the awards tonight


Next up is the Best Event Durham and congratulations goes to the Lindisfarne Gospels! Well done!


The third award is Best Arts & Business partnership sponsored by Auckland Castle and the nominees are:

  • Pop Recs Ltd
  • Port of Tyne and Live Theatre
  • SCA & Wideyed

In the meantime here is Paddy Campbell winner of the Writer of the Year award


Congratulations to SCA & Wideyed who have won the Best Arts & Business Partnership. Well done.


The Lake Poets have now taken to the stage and the awards will continue shortly.


The Lake Poets have just finished an amazing set and are getting a lot of love on Twitter


The awards have started again and the next award is Best Event Northumberland and the nominees are:

  • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Emily Inspires
  • Flooden 500 Events

TV Presenter Fern Britton has made a surprise appearance to present the next award and to plug her Good Friday's #GreatNorthPassion which is on the BBC1 at noon.


Congratulations to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for winning the Best Event Northumberland.


The next award is Best Event Sunderland and the nominees are:

  • The National Glass Centre Re-opening
  • Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences
  • The Social

Congratulations to the North East Museum award winner Bridie Jackson and the Arbour. Well done!


Congratulations goes to Grayson Perry at The Winter Gardens for winning the Best event in Sunderland. Well done!


The Performance of the Year award sponsored by Barbour is next and the nominees are:

  • Exile by Vivien Wood
  • Operation Pied Piper
  • Wet House

Congratulations goes to Wet House for winning Performance of the Year. Well done!


The Live Theatre are delighted to have won Performance of the Year


The Mighty Doonans close a fantastic first half of the Culture Awards and there will now be a twenty minute interval. There are still eight awards to go so make sure you keep following us for all the live action.


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Director of Culture, Keith Bartlett, with the award for Best Event Durham


The first award of the second half will be the Visual Artist of the Year sponsored by See It Do It Sunderland and the nominees are:

  • Paul Alexander Knox
  • Cecelia Stenbom
  • William Tillyer

Frankie & the Heartstrings bring us back from the break at the Culture Awards


Congratulations goes to Cecelia Stenbom the winner of the Visual Artist of the Year award. Well done!


Next award is Best Event Teesside and the nominees are:

  • Danie Bye - Story Hunt
  • Festival of Thrift
  • mima - Love where you Live

Here is Cecelia Stenbom collecting her award for Visual Artist of the Year


Congratulations goes to Festival of Thrift for winning Best Event Teesside. Well done!


Festival of Thrift are delighted to have won Best Teesside Event


The next award is for Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Sage Gateshead and congratulations goes to Pop Recs Ltd. Well done!


Arts and Entertainment's editor Dave Whestone introduces the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestrea who won the Special Contribution award this evening


The Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra have wowed the audience at the Sage Gateshead this evening with their stunning performance


The next award is Best event Tyneside and the nominees are:

  • Iron Age Festival
  • One Night in Gateshead
  • Evolution Emerging

The Best Event Tyneside award is picked up by Iron Age Festival. Congratulations and well done!


The 13th Award of the night is Performing Artist of the Year sponsored by Port of Tyne.

The finalists are:

  • Joe Caffrey
  • Martin Longstaff
  • Kathryn Williams

Well done to Joe Caffrey for scooping the Performance Artist of the Year award.


The penultimate award for this evening is a special one - the Arts Council Award

And the nominees are:

  • Faust
  • Foghorn Requiem
  • Second Moon

Joe Caffery picks up his award for Performer of the Year


Congratulations goes to Foghorn Requiem for winning the Arts Council Award. Well done!


People are pleased Fog Horn Requiem won the Arts Council Award


The winners themselves are delighted with their award


The Final Award for this evening is the Best Overall Event sponsored by Ward Hadaway. This combines all our winners of the Regional events into one category – this award is to celebrate the  best event in the whole of the North East.

Let's remind ourselves of our five sub-regional winners:

  • Durham - Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Northumberland - Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Sunderland - Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences
  • Teesside - Festival of Thrift
  • Tyneside - Iron Age Festival

Best overall event winner is Lindisfarne Gospels. Huge congratulations from everyone at The Journal


The Culture Awards closes with Kathryn Williams performing. It's been a great night and congratulations to all the nominees and winners - you have made the region proud.


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Well that's it the Culture Awards are over for another year. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists again, we hope you have had a good evening and we'll see you in 2015.


On a final note lots of people loved Kathryn Williams beautiful performance especially her cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark


Good night! Hope you have all enjoyed our coverage of the Culture Awards especially the live streaming of the ceremony courtesy of Sage Gateshead. It was great to be able to watch the whole show especially the brilliant live performances from Kathryn Williams, The Lake Poets, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Kate Fox, The Mighty Doonans and the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra.

Congratulations again to all our winners - you all deserved it!

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