It’s time to submit your nominations for the North East Culture Awards 2022
What better way to celebrate a year of excellence than at the magnificent Durham Cathedral? But who should be in the spotlight on September 8 when the winners of the North East Culture Awards 2022 are revealed?
Everyone on this year’s shortlist of awards – sponsored title once again by Durham County Council – will have deserved applause but in each category there can only be one winner.
And it’s all up to you and the judges. Your nominations can influence the verdict and you have to be part of it to win it.
Last year’s winners included band Field Music, artist Steve Messam, writers Linda France and Lisette Auton, and the Takeover Festival at Customs House, South Shields.
Who will follow in their footsteps?
Because the years have shifted a bit due to the pandemic (the 2020 event was canceled and the 2021 follow-up delayed), the qualifying period for 2022 runs from early August 2021 until the deadline of 17 hours on Monday, July 25, 2022.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economics and Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s North East Culture Awards. We have already had an amazing cultural year here in County Durham, being shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2025. Along with so many fantastic festivals and events, new cultural venues and shows, our area has a lot to celebrate.
“A vibrant cultural offering has the power to truly transform our communities, spark aspirations and bring people together and the awards are a great opportunity to recognize this. We can’t wait to shine the spotlight on everyone who contributes to such a vibrant cultural scene and helps put the northeast firmly on the map.
You can name now but here, if your memory needs a boost, here are some of the concerts, exhibitions, and events falling within the qualifying period that you might consider worthy of an award.
They are divided into three sections – those from 2021, those from 2022 that have happened and those that could produce a late winner by this deadline.
And to find out about the categories and make your nomination, go to www.necultureawards.com
FROM AUGUST 2021…
Educating Rita. North East actors Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson starred in the (delayed) 40th anniversary tour of Willy Russell’s famous play when it performed to rapturous applause at the Newcastle Theater Royal in September.
Field for the British Isles. Antony Gormley’s creation, which paved the way for Angel of the North, has returned to the region after 25 years and was on view at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland from 24 July to 25 September.
Haddock & Fries. The Janet Plater comedy, which takes place in a Whitley Bay chippy, has seen Phillippa Wilson and Joe Caffrey play a host of roles. He knocked the house down on his fall tour of the Northeast.
Lindisfarne Festival. The seaside festival, back after a two-year hiatus, ran from September 2-5 with Groove Armada and Dizzee Rascal entertaining many of the 7,000 people in attendance.
Light. The light-based art festival was back to light up Durham, attracting some 140,000 visitors from November 18-21. A new item was Marks in the Landscape, six responses to existing human interventions across the county.
Moon Museum. Several thousand people flocked to Durham Cathedral to see Luke Jerram’s stunning depiction of the Moon which hung in the nave from September 13 to November 11.
Northumberland folk. The prolific Jonny Hannah immersed himself in the stories and folklore of Northumberland and filled four county museums with colorful art throughout the summer and into late October.
Spanish Gallery. The new Bishop Auckland Gallery dedicated to art from Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ was officially opened by the Prince of Wales and Queen Letizia of Spain on April 5, but opened to the public on October 15 , the latest production from The Auckland Project and Jonathan Ruffer.
Stockton Globe. The iconic high street building was opened in September by the Duke of Gloucester, although he did not attend McFly’s first concert. The venue was resurrected at great expense after being closed for over 40 years.
The Firestation. Sunderland’s smart new concert hall opened on December 10 with a concert by The Lake Poets and Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening. A second concert, The Firestarters Revue, featured Field Music and other local stars.
The Landing. Benjamin Myers’ novel set on cliffs above Robin’s Hood Bay was adapted for the stage by Janice Okoh and directed by Paul Robinson. The story of eccentric Dulcie Piper and young Robert Appleyard was a November hit at the Live Theatre.
2022 UNTIL NOW…
After the dark festival. BBC Radio 3, Sage Gateshead and Star & Shadow invited people to spend the Spring Equinox, March 18-20, immersed in the lyrics and music of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish duo Kinbrae, beatboxer Jason Singh and by singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.
Hadrian’s Wall 1900. We’ve had to wait nearly two millennia so better take advantage of this anniversary celebration for our famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The year-long festival began in January and includes a host of events throughout its duration
HERE. The Curious Monkey play, written by Lindsay Rodden, tells a touching story of friendships forged in and around a Byker library. Due to premiering as the first lockdown hit, it finally hit the stage at the Northern Stage in March.
Kynren, An Epic Tale of England. The spectacular show spanning 2,000 years of history was back last year with several performances at its Bishop Auckland arena and the new season kicked off early with a performance in June coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
North of Tyne, under the stars. This fabulous exploration of the region’s history featured superb screenings across Northumberland and North Tyneside before a final in Newcastle which drew 40,000 spectators on the weekend of March 10-13.
Sam Fender. The Geordie rocker released a new album and followed two April concerts at the Utilita Arena with another at 02 City Hall on May 25 that raised thousands of dollars for the homeless. He also presented a TV documentary about the late Lindisfarne frontman Alan Hull.
Late shows. The much-missed ‘after-hours’ cultural crawl returned triumphantly in May after a two-year absence, with visitors taking the opportunity to visit nearly 50 venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Tree. Gary Kitching and Steve Byron’s touching play kicked off the year with a bang at the Alphabetti Theater in Newcastle where Judi Earl and Jacqueline Phillips brought Hazel and Rowan’s curious and magical friendship to life.
STILL TO COME…
BALTIC 20e anniversary. The celebrations reach a climax on the weekend of July 16-17 when the Traveling Gallery art bus stops at Baltic Square and there will be tours, events, exhibitions and a sale of boots of art cars.
Durham BRASS. The sound of brass is back as the festival returns July 10-17 with a lineup including big bands (NASUWT Riverside, Easington Colliery and Black Dyke), songwriter Richard Hawley and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage joining the singer Richard Walters and producer Patrick J Pearson as LYR (Land Yacht Regatta).
Our Trevor. Samantha Moore’s new musical, which runs at the Middlesbrough Theater from June 29 to July 2, is a hymn of love to her late father and to Middlesbrough – its people, its music and its football.
Summer streets. The popular free event at Cliffe Park, Roker, on July 9 will see crowds jumping. Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, The Lovely Eggs, Smoove & Turrell, The Ladies of Midnight Blue and Beth Macari share the bill with promising bands.
British Pride Festival. Just before the deadline, this colorful event, back after the pandemic and organized in Newcastle by Northern Pride from July 22-24. Performers on the main stage at Town Moor include Mel C, Louise Redknapp and Joe McElderry.
We look forward to celebrating the incredible cultural work taking place in the North East – and we hope you will join us on September 8th. For more information or to book your ticket, visit official site. Tickets cost £25 + VAT.