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Celebrate our rich cultural tapestry with The Journal Culture Awards

The Journal Culture Awards will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 16, in Hall One of Sage Gateshead

Rachel Unthank and the The Winterset performed at the inaugural awards in 2006
Rachel Unthank and the The Winterset performed at the inaugural awards in 2006

For the past seven years, The Journal Culture Awards have been annually rewarding the best people, work and events to come out of the North East’s rich cultural stable. So why should this one be any different?

Today we can proudly announce that this year’s event will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 16, in Hall One of Sage Gateshead.

Not only that, but we can also confirm the first act to sign up to perform on the night.

Mercury Music Prize nominee and adopted Liverpudlian Geordie, Kathryn Williams will take to the stage with her touring band to play a bespoke set for what we’re sure will be a packed out crowd.

Kathryn, who is interviewed on page 33 of today’s Journal, said: “I’m really chuffed to have been asked. I love Newcastle and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s brilliant that there is an event like this to reward the amazing work which goes on all over the region. I’m really looking forward to performing and clapping for everyone.”

As has been the form since the event was launched in 2006, the ceremony itself will see 15 bespoke trophies given out in categories such as Performing Artist, Visual Artist, Writer, Newcomer and Performance of the Year. There will also be awards for the region’s best events as well as ones to recognise the Best Arts and Business Partnerships, great work in North East Museums and a particularly special contribution from one individual or organisation.

Brian Aitken, editor of The Journal, said: “Last year’s Culture Awards, which took place amid the magnificence of Durham Cathedral, offered a true beacon for the rich tapestry of cultural talent we are lucky to have here in the North East.

“We felt it was not only the right time, but an essential time to dial up the ambition of the event to offer a bigger platform from which to recognise and applaud the creativity, commitment and determination which has been shown by the region’s cultural community during what has been an amazingly challenging time.

“And the hundreds of people who packed into the cathedral seemed to agree. This year, our mission to celebrate and recognise excellence is no less vital and we are delighted to be taking the event to Sage Gateshead’s Hall One. Thanks to everyone at the venue for the warm and enthusiastic welcome they have given to the Awards. It’s going to be another night to remember.”

Anthony Sargent, general director at Sage Gateshead, agrees.

He said: “During our first 10 years we’ve seen again and again how wonderfully well Sage Gateshead works as a setting for great awards ceremonies, but we’re very specially thrilled to have been asked to host the Journal Culture Awards – celebrating our peers’ achievements in our own industry. I know it will be a memorable night!”

* The Journal Culture Awards 2014 will take place at Hall One, Sage Gateshead on Wednesday April 16.

Tickets, priced at £10, or £8 for concs, are available from the box office on 0191 443 4661 or online at www.sagegateshead.com .

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David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer