Africa Oyé scoops People’s Choice Award as winners revealed at Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards

  • Johnny Vegas presents his on-screen mum with special award

  • Former BBC radio presenter Roger Phillips also commended at glittering ceremony hosted by hockey and TV star Sam Quek

  • Artists, creatives, volunteers and community groups among winners as 47 finalists shortlisted in 15 categories

Africa Oyé , Roger Phillips and actress Elsie Kelly were among the winners at last night’s Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards.

BBC Question of Sport captain and Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek MBE took to the stage at St Helens Rugby League Stadium to host the glittering ceremony honouring the creative talent and achievements of people in the city region.

Music festival Africa Oyé took the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Contribution to Culture, after more than 3,000 votes were cast by the public.

Actor and comedian Johnny Vegas presented his ‘Benidorm’ on-screen mum – Liverpool born actress Elsie Kelly – with a Judges Inspiration Award (Lifetime Achievement) while Roger Phillips was commended for his 42 years of service to the BBC.

Judges shortlisted 47 finalists in 15 categories for the 5th annual awards.

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said:

I launched these awards because I wanted to shine a spotlight on the incredible individuals and businesses who go above and beyond every year to help make our area the UK’s cultural capital. Their exceptional talents help to enrich all our lives and make our region one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit, or do business in.

“To put it simply: creativity is in our DNA. It’s why I specifically set aside 1% of our funding especially for cultural activity, the first scheme of its kind in the country, to support cultural initiatives across our area. All our winners and finalists have played a part in ensuring our region’s culture has the maximum possible impact on our residents’ lives – a massive congratulations to every single one of them!”

Johnny Vegas presenting Elsie Kelly with a lifetime achievement award

Johnny Vegas presents ‘Benidorm’ on-screen mum Elsie Kelly with her Judges Inspiration Award.

Other winners included National Museums Liverpool, scooping the brand-new Innovation of the Year category for their ‘House of Memories on the Road’ project, and ‘Help Ukraine Song’ which picked up the International Reach Award for its global musical moment during Eurovision to show solidarity with Ukraine.

Councillor Mike Wharton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Business for the Liverpool City Region said:

“Another successful event celebrating the impact culture and creativity has on all of us in the Liverpool City Region. Whether that’s art, technology, business or science, the Culture and Creativity Awards never fail to showcase the vast amount of talent and innovation we have in the city region and that is all contributing to the area’s positive economic growth.

“Every year manages to be bigger and better than the last. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!”

Sir Phil Redmond said:

“Culture and creativity are the foundations of most projects. It’s implementing an alternative way of doing things or a lateral way of thinking. These awards were created to recognise those approaches in whatever sector people work in, however big or small the organisation.

“I hope we continue to celebrate the contribution of culture and creativity in bringing a fresh and inspiring look at even the most common things in life. It creates new opportunities, new inventions and enables people to make a real impact.”

Wirral born Olympic hockey star turned TV presenter Sam Quek said:

“It was an amazing unique event and I enjoyed hosting it very much. To see the scope and variety of the people and groups involved and what they are doing to support their communities was inspiring.

“Culture and creativity permeate so many fields, it’s certainly a big part of sport, so it was lovely to see areas outside of the traditional arts recognised in this way. We should see more of it!”

Established in 2019 as part of the Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to invest 1% of the Combined Authority’s budget into cultural activities, the awards honour the contribution the cultural and creative sectors bring to the region and the difference they make to people’s lives.

The 2024 event was sponsored by The ACC Liverpool Group Ltd, Davies Partnership, The Manufacturing Technology Centre Limited, Liverpool One, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village, Sedulo, Glass Futures, World of Glass and Charity Bank.

Catch up on the events of the night:

The Winners:

Artist / Creative of the YearNatalie McCool and Stealing Sheep
Arts Organisation of the YearAndrew Curphey Theatre Company
Business in the Arts AwardFuture Yard CIC
Community Cohesion AwardLiverpool Lighthouse
Environmental AwardImagine Bamboo is Everywhere in the Liverpool City Region
Health & Wellbeing AwardDr Simon Abrams, lead for Anfield, Everton & Aintree Community Innovation Team
Improving Education & Learning AwardLiverpool Learning Partnership
Innovation AwardHouse of Memories On the Road, National Museums Liverpool
Innovator of the YearChristopher Butler
Inspirational Young Person AwardJames Gillaspy
International Reach AwardHelp Ukraine Song
Preparing for Work AwardWriting on the Wall – Write to Work Project
People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to CultureAfrica Oyé
Borough of Culture ‘Star of the Year’Cath Shea
Judges Inspiration Award – Outstanding AchievementRoger Phillips

Elsie Kelly

Special Recognition Award.Claire McColgan

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