About the awards

The North East Culture Awards are an annual celebration of the thriving arts and cultural scene in the North East of England and are organised by Reach plc - the UK and Ireland's largest news publisher - publishing The Journal, The Chronicle, The Gazette and website's ChronicleLive and TeessideLive in the North East region. 

Our headline partners for 2023 are Sunderland City Council and University of Sunderland, who have been long-standing supporters of the awards.

There are a wide range of categories - covering visual artists, performers, writers, events, exhibitions, international collaborations and more!  

The Awards Evening

Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Venue: The Fire Station, Sunderland, SR1 3HA

Times: 6.30pm doors open, 11pm close

Dress code: Smart / casual

Refreshments:  Arrival drinks & canapes, additional refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.  This is not a 'sit-down dinner' event so we advise guests to eat something more substantial before they come.

Getting to the venue & parking:  Please visit The Fire Station's website for more information 

Host:  Chris Connel


18.30  Arrival (refreshments available to purchase)

19.15  Take your seats!

19.25  Award presentations & performances

21.00   Interval

21.20  Award presentations & performances

22.30  (approx) Formal proceedings close

23.00  Bar closes


If you have purchased tickets to attend online please make sure you have filled in the name on each ticket.  

No physical tickets will be dispatched for the event. Instead, simply state your name on arrival and we'll duly note your presence.

If you are a sponsor or finalist, please make sure all your guests names have been sent through to lesley.hampson@reachplc.com.

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