South Cumbria's cultural gems to do battle with best in the county

31 January 2017 9:53PM

THEY are in just their second year - but already the Cumbria Life Culture Awards are becoming a hot date in the events calendar.

The prestigious celebration of the Lake District and Cumbria’s world-class arts sector will take place this Friday at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

In a special evening of awards presentations, there will be live performances from saxophonist Jess Gillam, folk legend Maddy Prior and more.

The host of the event is writer, broadcaster and Cumbria Life columnist Stuart Maconie.

Cumbria Life editor Richard Eccles said: “We’re delighted with the list of finalists. It shows an incredible strength and diversity of work across the whole county in all aspects of the arts.”

The awards are sponsored by University of Cumbria and Lakes Culture, and supported by Arts Council England.

More than 100 entries were received from across the county. A team of specialist judges selected finalists from entries, reader nominations and their own knowledge and experience.

There are 15 categories covering visual and performing arts, design and craft, venues, events and organisations.

Special awards will be announced on the night.

Among the judges were Cumbria Life arts editor Mary Ingham; Arts Council England relationship manager, engagement and audiences (north) Anna Hassan; director of Rosehill Theatre Richard Elder; researcher, creative entrepreneur and artist Hannah Stewart and poet Antony Christie.

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