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The clock is ticking... you’ve only got two days to tell us who you think has done enough in 2008 to scoop a Culture Award.

The clock is ticking... you’ve only got two days to tell us who you think has done enough in 2008 to scoop a Culture Award. Sam Wonfor provides a last-minute reminder on how to throw your metaphorical hat into the ring.

December 31 doesn’t just serve as the last day of 2008. Or New Year’s Eve. It also serves an important purpose for The Journal’s Culture Awards 2008 – and doesn’t it come around quickly?

Yes, you have only two days left to nominate those cultural happenings, people and performances which have merited more than a simple pat on the back – namely a lovely shiney Culture Award.

Rachel Unthank with her Culture Award in 2007

The awards in questions will be given out in splendid fashion at a ceremony at Northern Stage in Newcastle, on March 24, 2009.

But there’s a lot of work to be done before then – and that’s where you come in.

We’ve already welcomed hundreds of nominations across the 15 categories – but we want more. It’s the only way we can be sure we haven’t overlooked anything or anybody worthy of Culture Award consideration.

Whether it’s an event you’ve attended, an exhibition you’ve enjoyed, a concert which left you stamping your feet for more or a play which left you with a lump in your throat, why not take a minute to show your appreciation by making a nomination.

Here’s a reminder of the categories (full details in the accompanying panel) and what you have to do to nominate.

The categories are: Visual Artist of the Year; Performing Artist of the Year; Writer of the Year; Performance of the Year; Best Newcomer of 2008; Events of the Year in Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Tees Valley; Renaissance Museums Award; the Arts Council Award for Excellence; Best Arts and Business Partnership and the award for Special Contribution to Arts and Culture in the region.

As above, the closing date for entries is December 31.

Any event, exhibition, performance or publication during the period December 1, 2007, to December 31, 2008, is eligible for nomination.

Editor of The Journal, Brian Aitken said: “Once again, we have been delighted with the number of nominations we have received.

Last year's Best Newcomer, Katie Doherty with NGI chief executive Andrew Dixon

“It’s vital that the Culture Awards reflect the diversity of the region’s cultural activity and therefore incredibly important that we include a public voice in the nominations process.

“This, together with our expert judging panel means we can be confident we are truly rewarding the best of culture in the North East.”

Click here to make a nomination. To request a nomination form by post, call (0191) 201-6435 or email debbie.nicholls@ncjmedia.co.uk. Any supporting information can be sent to Debbie Nicholls, The Journal Culture Awards, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED.


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