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York Culture Awards

Two weeks to go – competition hots up in York’s Cultural Sector

York Culture Awards 2016 #YorkCA16


With just two weeks to go to the deadline for entries to the York Culture Awards, competition across York’s cultural sector is hotting up.  Taking place on 1 December at the Central Methodist Church, York, the York Culture Awards have been created to celebrate excellence in the city’s arts and culture sector.  Entrants so far include LGBT Pride, the New York Brass Band and a production titled ‘Dance of the Seasons’, performed by young dancers from the En Pointe Classical Dance School.


140 dancers aged 4 years+ took to the stage at Joseph Rowntree's Theatre on Saturday May 21 this year, when 'Dance of the Seasons' was choreographed by the professional teaching staff at En Pointe for 10-weeks in preparation for the show.   'Dance of the Seasons' was a performance between jazz and classical ballet to represent the seasons through themed creative music, lighting, costumes and of course dance choreography to a live Yorkshire audience.


Donya Keys, Principal at the En Pointe Classical Dance School, said, ‘We are delighted to be part of the York Culture Awards.  The theatre maxed out with every seat booked to watch the grand shows over the summer and it’s brilliant that we’ll have the opportunity to have this work recognised through this new awards ceremony for York.’


Mark Addy, Patron of the York Culture Awards, said, ‘I’m thrilled to see such a wonderful variety of work being submitted; everything from dance, to music, theatre, writing and film.  If you haven’t entered yet, I’d encourage anyone involved in the cultural sector in York to get involved.  I wish the young dancers at En Pointe and everyone who has entered the very best of luck’.


This new awards ceremony for the city is sponsored by York-based health and wellness provider, Benenden, and boasts York born and award-winning actor Mark Addy as patron. These awards will celebrate excellence in the arts and cultural sector and reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality. 


Lawrence Christensen, Group Marketing Director at Benenden, said: ‘The variety of entrants so far is testament to the wealth of cultural activity happening right here in York.  Benenden is proud to support its cultural sector and to be acknowledging the important role that culture plays in bringing our communities together.’


Free to enter, there are eleven Awards for the taking including; Culture Partnership, Community Project or Event, Cultural Champion, Cultural Education, Cultural Equality and Diversity, Cultural Event or Festival, Film, Performing Artist/s, Production, Visual Artist and Writer.  Entries will be open until 30 September 2016 for cultural activity which has taken place between July 2015 and September 2016. 

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