Now three years old, these newspaper awards were created to specifically recognise excellence in the arts…
MANY household names from the UK entertainment and media world will gather at the May Fair Hotel in central London for Friday’s Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs).
Now, in its third year, there are 18 awards in total up for grabs.
Two are very special awards and will only be announced on the evening. These are the outstanding contribution to the arts award and the editor’s award.
Let’s take at look at the other awards and who the nominees are in the other award categories.
The People’s Award is the only one voted for by the public and the recipient with the largest vote will take home the award.
The nominees are list alphabetically left to right and pictures have been adjusted – all courtesy of ©AsianMediaGroup (and respective providers)
1. The People’s Choice Awards – nominees
2. Arts (visual)
7. Best Production
8. Best director
9. Emerging Artist
10. Community engagement (exhibitions)
11. Best Actor (Theatre)
12. Best actress (Theatre)
13. Best actor (film, TV and drama)
14. Best actress (film, TV and drama)
The winners will be announced at the gala evening tomorrow (June 22) at the May Fair Hotel in Mayfair, London.
A distinguished panel of judges including Rachel Harris (director of Alchemy at the Southbank Centre), Bhavit Mehta (literary and cultural producer), Divia Patel (senior curator South Asian V&A Museum), Ed Vaizey MP (and former culture minister 2010-6), Jatinder Verma MBE (artistic director Tara Arts) and senior AMG managment – Kalpesh Solanki (group managing editor), Shailesh Solanki (executive editor) and Nick Kounoupias (non executive director and founder and CEO Kounoupias IP).
Eastern Eye is the country’s oldest and best established Asian weekly and was first published in 1989.
It was taken over by its current owners, the Asian Media Group (AMG) in 2009. The group started with just one title, Garavi Gujarat in 1967.
Journalist and editor -in-chief Ramniklal Solanki CBE set up the Gujarati international newsweekly, and it went bilingual in 1992.
The group runs a sweep of leading consumer and business to business titles both here and in the US and is seen as Britain’s largest Asian-owned publishing group.