Nominate your arts and culture hero

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell was nominated last year for the award

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell was nominated last year for the award

First published in Community Star Awards latest news

WHO or what are your nominations for our Contribution to Arts & Culture Award?

The category is one of 20 to feature at the Community Stars Awards on November 1 at the Theatre Royal Brighton – and we want you, the readers, to let us know who deserves the prize.

Nominations can come from big events such as the Brighton Fringe and Festival, or smaller scale such as a university department, an amateur drama tutor or an artist who has produced extraordinary work.

It could be an exhibition, play or concert which highlighted the cultural talent of the county.

Last year, Brighton Fringe festival scooped the gong after another dazzling offering in 2012. Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in England and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.

It sets to stimulate, educate and entertain audiences with diverse art in a family friendly environment during a four-week period – all in one of the most iconic cities in the world. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton and Hove and, impressively this year, Brighton Fringe had 740 individual events, 214 free events and 3,564 performances at 183 venues. Also nominated last year was chart-topping singer-songwriter Tom Odell. Although not the megastar then as he is today, award-winning former BIMM student Tom Odell’s career has been going from strength to strength.

In 2012, he signed to Columbia on Lily Allen’s label who said: “He was discovered by a friend of mine.

“I went to see him play and signed him to my label straight away.

“His voice is fragile yet powerful. I’m not usually a massive fan of singer-songwriter stuff, but when I saw him live his energy reminded me of David Bowie. He’s totally gorgeous as well.”

Who is your nomination for this year’s award? Don’t let them go unrecognised.

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