There is no charge to enter the North East Culture Awards.

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming that we have received your nomination.

Entries can only be accepted from individuals, organisations, community groups, businesses etc who are based in the North East of England.

Information provided in the entry form will be viewed by the judging panel. Shortlisted finalists will have a short biography about them added to the awards website which will be based on the content of their submitted entry form. Therefore, if your entry contains confidential information that you do want to be shared please email the event manager with the details immediately.

Entries will close at 5pm on Monday 16 October 2023. If entries are submitted after this deadline they may not be included in the judging packs.

The judging will take place on Wednesday 1 November 2023. All finalists will be contacted by email or telephone shortly after this date.

A distinguished panel of experts will meet to choose the finalists. 

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 13 December at a special awards ceremony taking place at The Fire Station in Sunderland.

The dress code is smart / casual.

Please email the event manager who will send you details of any negotiated rates with local hotels.

The Fire Station is a fully accessible building in all areas. They have comprehensive information on their website - click here to view it

There is no parking at The Fire Station itself, however there are 11 car parks in the city centre, eight of which have been awarded ‘Safer Parking Award’ status. 

The nearest car parks are:

St. Mary’s Car Park, SR1 3AH - free after 3pm, Monday to Friday

Bridges Car Park, SR1 3PZ

Find out more about parking in Sunderland here.

All the seats in the main auditorium have a row and seat number - you will be allocated a designated seat and informed of this in advance of the night.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you find a seat on the night.

We are able to provide you with a partnership media pack which provides detailed information about the extensive benefits and opportunities available this year. For more information email alishia.read@reachplc.com.

If you have queries relating to the categories, criteria, eligibility for entry, or anything relating to the content of your submission, please contact:

Lesley Hampson, Senior Events Manager | lesley.hampson@reachplc.com / 07393 008 727