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Most of the time we like to look ahead in Culture magazine but at this time of the year it’s nice to look back at the annual celebration that is The Journal Culture Awards.
It is an occasion for giving credit where it’s due, for rewarding the achievers among us, the artists (in the broadest sense) and the enablers (curators, sponsors, promoters etc) who strive to make all our lives brighter and more interesting.
Last year’s ceremony took place at Durham Cathedral and it was magnificent and memorable. This year people gathered at Sage Gateshead, a very different but no less striking venue, and I think everyone agreed that it proved more then equal to the job.
That culture can be celebrated in successive years at two such wonderful landmark buildings says a great deal about the North East.
Here we have the wherewithal and the infrastructure to put on a show in style.
Congratulations to all the nominees and the eventual winners who all merited their applause. And thanks to the performers and presenters who provided stirring music, great words and some laughs on the night.
In putting together this month’s magazine we faced the usual embarrassment of riches.
We have interviews with some of the North East people involved in War Horse, one of the great theatrical success stories of recent years, and with the Talbots, Bryan and Mary, who have followed up their success in the Costa Book Awards with another great book, this time about the suffragettes.
We look ahead to the Late Shows, browse through the Hexham Book Festival programme and preview the sixth Northern Chords festival.
At the back of the mag, but not at the back of our minds, is our regular Taste section with a preview of the Northumberland County Show.
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