Manchester Culture Awards: the award-winning best festivals, events and performers named

The awards celebrating culture and arts in the city returned after a two-year gap.

<p>Best Event Together in One Voice - Rose Marley & Dan McDwyer with partners the Co-op, Manchester City Council, Manchester International Festival and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Credit: Mark Waugh</p>

Best Event Together in One Voice - Rose Marley & Dan McDwyer with partners the Co-op, Manchester City Council, Manchester International Festival and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Credit: Mark Waugh

Manchester Culture Awards have been handed out to a worthy range of winners following a tough spell for the city’s arts and entertainment scene.

The awards were introduced by the city council in 2018 to honour Manchester’s vibrant cultural scene but haven’t been held since 2019 due to the impact of the pandemic.

They were announced following 300 nominations made and were presented at a ceremony in Manchester.

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    Hosts Keisha Thompson, and Annabel Tiffin Credit: Mark Waugh

    The 2021 shortlist is below with the winners in italics:

    Best Event House Party - HOME, Venture Arts and Drake Music

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

    Our City Speaks - Contact and Manchester City of Literature

    Peterloo 2019 - Manchester Histories

    Black Gold Arts Festival with Contact

    Best Exhibition

    The Manchester Open - HOME

    Grayson’s Art Club - Manchester Art Gallery

    Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest Exhibition - People’s History Museum

    50 Windows of Creativity - Wild in Art

    School of Integration - Manchester International Festival

    Grayson Perry and Philippa Perry in the Grayson’s Art Club exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery Credit: Andrew Brooks

    Best Performance Sirocco - Manchester Collective

    Untold Caroline - Manchester Camerata

    RENT - Hope Mill Theatre

    The Long Goodbye - Riz Ahmed and Manchester International Festival

    The Shadow - Company Chameleon

    Creative Care in COVID-19 (individual) Andy Barry

    Mark Fisher

    Kate Bradnam

    Meg Parnell

    Lydia Burke

    Creative Care in COVID-19 (organisation)

    Afrocats

    Creative Care Kits Coalition

    Manchester Camerata

    Venture Arts

    The Edge Theatre

    Promotion of Culture and Education Trapped in the Museum - People’s History Museum

    Read Manchester - Manchester Libraries

    Halle Connect

    Black History Workshops - Big People Music Ltd

    Culture Feast - Manchester Enterprise Academy, Include Group

    Best Business Partnership

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

    Cargill and the Halle Inspire Programme

    Electricity North West and Manchester International Festival

    Auto Trader & HOME

    Best Business Partnership L-R Keisha Thompson, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, winner Hardship Fund and Annabel Tiffin Credit: Mark Waugh

    Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

    Science and Industry Museum

    Reform Radio

    HOME Manchester

    Manchester Day ream - Manchester City Council and Walk the Plank

    Promotion of Equality and Social Justice

    Digifest 2020 - Manchester Histories

    Sadia Habib

    GFF Damian Dance Studio

    Young People’s Forum - Manchester International Festival

    Making Manchester - Olympias Music Foundation

    GFF Damian Dance

    Promotion of Health and Wellbeing

    Sound Up Arts

    Mark Fisher

    Halle Workplace Choir

    Z-Arts

    Contact

    Promotion of Talent and Leadership

    Assistant Conductor Scheme - Halle Concerts Society

    The Factory Academy - Manchester International Festival

    Brighter Sound

    Barinur Rashid - Manchester Museum

    Jane Lawson - Castlefield Gallery

    Young Creative of the Year

    Fang Zhang

    Lydia Kinowski-Don

    Princess Arinola Adegbite

    Thameena Alam

    Olivia Lee

    The Manchester People’s Culture Award

    The Old Abbey Taphouse

    Joseph Houston and William Whelton

    Sharon Raymond

    Reform Radio

    Gorton Visual Arts

    The awards this year also included two special recognition awards presented by the judges to two individuals who have made a huge contribution to culture and creativity in the city over a number of years.

    The first of the awards went to Sarah Frankcom. During her 20 years at the Royal Exchange theatre, first as literary manager, then as joint Artistic Director, then as sole Artistic Director, Sarah changed the face of the iconic cultural institution.

    The second of the two awards went to Christine Cort, a founding member of Manchester International Festival. She was recognised for delivering impact locally, nationally and internationally – helping to put Manchester on the global arts and cultural map and providing a support and mentoring for many colleagues and young creatives.