Sarah Bailey

Northern Lights Awards 2014 – Community Award

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NL Awards - Community

At Northern Lights we’ve a particular fondness for folks who go the extra mile. Whilst all things arty and cultural are right up our street, we love the people who manage to combine their passions with doing some good and lending a hand in the community.

From clubs to discounts, and from co-ops to youth projects, the cultural establishments of the North East are always planning new ways to engage with the community and make the arts more accessible. Here’s the nominations for the Northern Lights Community Award:


Holmeside Coffee

With a film club, writing club and reading club all firmly under its belt, Holmeside Coffee should rightfully be celebrating its successes. Attracting a wide variety of folks from the community to engage with all things arts is what turns Holmeside from being just another coffee shop, to one of Sunderland’s cultural hubs. We wrote about Holmeside’s excellent clubs here and here.


Pop Recs LTD

Always keen to provide a stage for top-notch talent, Pop Recs was the one-night home of Franz Ferdinand in February this year. Whilst tickets only cost a pocket-friendly £5, Pop Recs also offered tickets for the tiny sum of £2.50 for those who could prove they were in receipt of benefits – surely that’s some good karma? We spoke to Frankie Francis, one of the men behind it all, back in December.


Pink Lane Jazz Co-op

With the help of more than 200 members, investing a little or a lot, the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op (whose aim is to champion local creative and musical types) managed to rescue Newcastle music venue The Globe, to transform it into one of the city’s premier musical hotspots this year.


Live Theatre

With the help of several grants, Live Theatre is planning a £10million development to expand their already successful youth theatre projects to include a pioneering young people’s writing centre, and create a public green space in the heart of the Quayside. And they’re still managing to provide a spectacular theatrical programme. Come this way to find out even more about the exciting developments planned.

Who do you think should win the Northern Lights Community Award? Let us know by taking part in the poll below, tweeting us @North_Lights_ or by leaving us a comment.

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