Nominate for Carmarthenshire’s Celebration of Culture Awards
The search is on and the spotlight about to shine on those who enrich our lives through music, arts and literature.
Nominations are open for Carmarthenshire’s Celebration and Culture Awards which recognise excellence in arts and culture.
They are hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council and supported by the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star.
The annual event will be held in April and will highlight the importance of culture in our region and showcase our county-wide cultural achievements.
They are open to anyone living, working or originating from Carmarthenshire who made a significant contribution to the cultural landscape during 2019. Individuals, groups and organisations will all be considered for awards across a range of categories designed to shine a spotlight on all areas of culture in Carmarthenshire.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, is behind the awards scheme.
“We are so lucky to have a rich cultural heritage here in Carmarthenshire with many distinguished artists, literary greats and stars of stage and screen continuing to inspire us,” he said.
“Hosting these awards, provides an opportunity to honour those who enrich our lives and add vibrancy to Carmarthenshire.”
Six award categories are being opened up for nominations. They are:
Excellence in Performing Arts
Recognising a performer or group of performers or organisation who have stood out in 2019. This can include (but is not limited to) theatre, dance, spoken word, and comedy.
Excellence in Visual Arts and Crafts
Recognising an individual, group or organisation working in the visual arts, design, photography, or crafts whose work has left a lasting impression in 2019.
Excellence in Creative Media
Recognising the achievements of an individual, group or organisation in creative media during 2019. This could be for (but is not limited to) film, animation, graphic design, games design, and digital art.
Excellence in Literature
Acknowledgement of an outstanding individual, group or organisation working in creative writing, literature, prose or poetry who stood out during 2019.
Excellence in Heritage
Recognising excellence from an individual, group, or organisation which raised the profile or celebrated Carmarthenshire’s history and heritage in 2019.
Excellence in Music
Recognising the achievements of an individual, group or organisation in music during 2019. This can include (but is not limited to) musicians, singers, conductors and composers.
Two special awards will be given at the judges’ selection:
An individual or group, aged under 25, working in any discipline, who are displaying real talent and potential at a relatively young age.
Outstanding Contribution to Culture
This is an award for someone who has made a significant contribution to arts and culture in Carmarthenshire over a long period.
A judging panel will narrow down the entries to a shortlist, before choosing the three winners in each category.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday, February 23, at 11.59pm. People can enter an individual, group or organisation online or call into your local library or Council Hwb’s in Llanelli and Ammanford for assistance with the online application.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Friday, April 3.