Pitching up at last week’s Culture Awards for East Kent, expecting to celebrate our neighbours’ achievements, turned into a little bit of a celebration for us too. That, and Orlando Bloom won the public vote for Kent’s Cultural Icon (but more of that later!).
One of our Round 1 projects, Singing Windows by Robert Jarvis, won the Digital Award (for the use of emerging technologies or digital media to create an outstanding experience), with the lovely Michelle Boakes on hand to accept his award on his behalf. It’s an innovative, high street pleasing idea and has rightly now extended its reach beyond Medway by winning the award due to the Margate installation. Congratulations, Robert!
Our friends at the Jasmin Vardimon Company had a wonderful evening as a triple winners, with the Artist Award (for the practitioner judged to have created a new work of high quality) followed by the Destination East Kent Award (judged to have been the most influential in raising East Kent’s profile) and finally, being bestowed The Canterbury Award for outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the district.
We were also delighted to be entertained by double grant recipient, Lucky Moyo, who had many in the audience on their feet clapping and swaying along with the Swale Sings choir. And upon arrival for the champagne reception in the garden, we were treated to award winners, Coco and the Butterfields (the One to Watch Award). Nothing to do with Ideas Test, but they are definitely a folk group to look out for.
Oh, right – Orlando. Well, he-couldn’t-be-with-us-tonight, obviously, but his mum picked up his award for him and he did say by (recorded) video link that he was thinking of us and wished he was there. Pretty much everyone in the room agreed they wished he was too …