Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture will be introducing the Cultural
Awards to celebrate the best of Gibraltar’s arts and culture.
It will recognise cultural potential,
ability, talent and achievement and will support our community’s cultural development.
The Cultural Awards will recognise performances and events from 1st July last year to 30th June
2019, with the public encouraged to nominate arts events, venues, artists and organisations.
process for public nominations is as follows:
The general public will be invited to nominate by category in the summer. Thereafter, a panel
consisting of cultural experts will produce a shortlist by category. Once the shortlist is announced,
the public will be able to vote for their preferred winners via telephone vote, with calls raising funds
The categories are:
The Cultural Ambassador Award
An artist or artistic endeavour which has promoted Gibraltar‘s talent or the Rock as a destination
to a wider audience, or helped put the Rock on the map.
An individual or group of artists under 12 years of age that show potential or has/ have displayed
An individual or group of artists under 25 years of age that shows potential or has/ have displayed
An individual or group of artists over 25 years of age that show potential or has/ have displayed real
Cultural Space of the Year
A dedicated venue or space used/ or that has been used for the arts / or a particular performance.
The award will recognise Gibraltar’s history and heritage and unique spaces which may have been
used for specific events or exhibitions in a bid to promote our surroundings and environment. It will
recognise the group or individual which organised the event, or cultural activity.
Best Education Project
A project that shows the power of art and culture to engage young people and create high-quality
Two additional awards will be presented which will not be open to public voting.
The Gibraltar Cultural Services Award
A discretionary award given to an individual or group based on an extraordinary achievement in
that particular year.
Lifetime Achievement Award
An award which recognises dedication, commitment and service to a particular art.
The Minister for Culture, the Hon Steven Linares MP said:
“We always pride ourselves of all the culture events we organise and how well and good our
performances are. I personally feel it is appropriate to have Cultural Awards given in recognition
of the work that is done both behind the scenes as well as on stage by our cultural and arts
Gibraltar Cultural Services CEO, Seamus Byrne said:
‘I am delighted that together with my team at GCS, we have managed to be able to set up the
Cultural Awards to celebrate our cultural community and its achievements. I am a firm believer that
there should be parity between culture and sports, and therefore, we should mirror the many
sporting aspects that enriches our community.
I hope that the Cultural Awards will serve to recognise individuals or collective excellence in a bid
to celebrate what makes Gibraltar a vibrant cultural hub and a place to live in.
By allowing the public telephone vote, I am delighted to confirm that all monies collected will be
donated to the GBC Open Day Fund.’
The first Cultural Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday 5th December 2019.
The invitation for nominations will be released in July 2019.