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The Kent Creative Awards - judges announce the finalists

The judges had deliverated and have shortlisted 33 finalists out of 144 entries.

An annual event, the Kent Creative Awards celebrate the best in arts and culture in Kent and those who help maintain and develop the creative sector in our county.

The first ceremony will take place during a dinner on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at the Alexander Centre in Faversham.

The event will reward contributions to the cultural world of Kent from individuals and organisations that embrace creativity, the basis of new ideas. They will highlight the variety of creative works, projects and events created across the county that add value to local economy and communities.

Culture is at the heart of successful economies and happy communities. It lifts our spirits and offers crucial opportunities that contribute to our well-being and quality of life. The creative economy accounts for almost a tenth of the UK economy and is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. Some recent successes have demonstrated the excellence of the UK creative industry.

Kent County Council has identified key sectors with growth potential for Kent and the creative sector is one of them. Arts and culture in Kent do raise the profile of the county; places with a strong cultural identity attract tourism, bring in more visitors and energize the local economy.

Goals of the Kent Creative Awards
Awards are great to promote your work, to get recognition, to boost your confidence, and to get work.

  • Inspire cultural success
  • Encourage artistic excellence
  • Motivate entrepreneurship in the creative sector
  • Increase awareness of the economic potential of Kent’s creative sector.

Read the full list of finalists here