Celebrating the best of Culture

Ok, i'm no mathematician, but by my reckoning, we're looking at just two weeks until the deadline for nominations for the inaugural Culture Awards.

Ok, i'm no mathematician, but by my reckoning, we're looking at just two weeks until the deadline for nominations for the inaugural Culture Awards.

The ceremony is being held at Northern Stage, Newcastle, on March 26, and has been organised to recognise and celebrate the achievements of arts and culture organisations, projects and individuals across the whole of the North-East who have contributed to the thriving and vibrant region we live in.

Since launching the awards at the end of September, we've been welcoming nominations for categories spanning the cultural spectrum... we've also been taking time to look at each of the 13 individual award categories too.

Today is the turn of the Culture Club Award, which will applaud the one Culture Club event from 2006 which stands out as the members' favourite

Culture promotions manager Rachel Suddart says: "It's been a busy year for The Culture Club, and we've worked alongside lots of different arts organisations and businesses to provide members with lots of `money can't buy' opportunities and club benefits.

"The purpose behind the club was to encourage people to try new things by making things more accessible - and I fully believe we've achieved that. As well as providing discounts, ticket offers and competitions, we've also created a series of Culture Club special events where members get to learn about something, someone or somewhere new.

"Our members are a diverse bunch and they've really embraced the Culture Club concept. This year, as part of our events programme, they've have had the chance to venture underground in an old mining tunnel, they've ridden on trams, spotted red kites in their natural habitat, put their questions to experts, watched chefs in action, tried their hand at cocktail-making plus much, more!

"People often ask me where I get the ideas from. It's a mixture of things really. Sometimes requests come direct from venues and arts organisations, sometimes its from my own experience. Plus, lots of our members are keen to get involved and make their own suggestions.

"The Culture Club is a unique concept and I think it's great that we're able to celebrate it's activity with our very own Culture Awards Category. We've had lots of wonderful feedback throughout the year, so it will be interesting to see which events our members nominate."

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