Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

The winners of the prestigious Manchester Culture Awards have been revealed.

Individuals and organizations were recognized for their contribution to Manchester’s cultural scene during a ceremony at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on Oxford Street on Wednesday (November 23).

The awards pay tribute to the very best cultural contributions to the city.

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They were established in 2018 but did not take place last year due to the Covid pandemic.

As a result, this year recognized those who rose in the last year with the award ‘creative care in Covid’.

More than 300 nominations were made across thirteen categories, for both individuals and organizations in Manchester between April 2019 and March 2021.



Promoting environmental sustainability: Keisha Thompson, Shalni Arora, winner of Reform Radio and Annabel Tiffin
Promoting environmental sustainability: Keisha Thompson, Shalni Arora, winner of Reform Radio and Annabel Tiffin

Councilor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Vice-Chairman of Manchester City Council, said: “After a year off last year due to the pandemic, we always knew that this year’s prices would be special and they did not disappoint.

“The great breadth and quality of the nominations we received showed once again what an incredible cultural scene there is here in Manchester.

“Of course we always knew, but what was so encouraging and good to see was also how far the organizations had gone, and their determination, despite Covid, to reach out and connect with their audiences and artists.

“Prove, if necessary, that culture is firmly fixed in Manchester’s DNA.

“Far from being an option, we see time and time again that it provides real social and economic benefits.



Promoting Culture and Education: Keisha Thompson, McR Enterprise Academy Winners, Nathan Lee, and Annabel Tiffin
Promoting Culture and Education: Keisha Thompson, McR Enterprise Academy Winners, Nathan Lee, and Annabel Tiffin

“Manchester is and will always be a city that fights for culture and creativity, and we embrace all that art has to offer, as an essential part of what helps make Manchester fantastic.

This year’s awards are made even more outstanding by including two special recognition awards for people who have made tremendous contributions to culture and creativity over the years in Manchester.

The first of these awards went to Sarah Frankcom, who has worked at the Royal Exchange Theater for 20 years and has helped change the artistic landscape of the city.

The second special recognition award went to Christine Cort, a founding member of the Manchester International Festival, who helped add the city’s footprint to the global map of culture and art.

The winners…

Best business partnership

Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers – Savannah Wisdom Foundation with B&M Retail Ltd, HOME & Manchester City Council

Best event

Together in One Voice – Rose Marley & Dan McDwyer with partners Co-op, Manchester City Council, Manchester International Festival and Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Best Show – The judges selected two joint winners in this category

Manchester Open – HOME

Grayson’s Art Club – Manchester Art Gallery

Best performance

RENT – Hope Mill Theater

Creative care in COVID-19 (individual)

Mark Fisher

Creative care in COVID-19 (organization)

Afrocats

Promoting culture and education

Kulturfest – Manchester Enterprise Academy, Include Group

Promoting environmental sustainability

Radio reform

Promoting equality and social justice

Sadia Habib

Promoting health and well-being

Halle Workplace Shoes

Promoting talent and leadership

Jane Lawson – Castlefield Gallery

Young creative of the year

Princess Arinola Adegbite

Manchester People’s Culture Award

Radio reform

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