Community Award nominations

Ailbe Beirne - shortlisted.
Ailbe Beirne - shortlisted.

A MEMBER of staff from Echo Echo Dance Theatre, and the Millennium Forum, in conjunction with city firm Diamond Corrugated, have been shortlisted for a prestigious annual arts award.

Ailbhe Beirne of Echo Echo Dance Theatre is shortlisted for the Arts Individual of the Year Award in Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards while the Forum and Diamond Corrugated have been shortlisted in the Community Engagement Award section.

They were shortlisted by six judges from across the continuum of commerce and culture because they exemplified the best examples of excellence in business and arts partnership from this year’s nominations.

The awards pay tribute to a total of 20 shortlisted partnerships competing for first prize in five awards categorieswhile Ailbhe is one of three arts-related individuals shortlisted for the prestigious Arts Individual of the Year Award. A further three individuals shortlisted for the esteemed Business Individual of the Year Award and 20 arts organisations shortlisted for the Arts Award which has a cash prize of £2,000.

However, the successful nominees will have to wait to find out if they have won until the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 17, at the Forum.

Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz said: “Yet again here at Allianz we have been extremely impressed by the level of innovation within each and every partner project. These cultural partnerships continue to harness all that is best in both the economic and artistic arenas delivering real benefits for all those involved. Congratulations to all the projects and partnerships who made the short list and we look forward to an exciting Award Ceremony in 2013.”

Mary Trainor-Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business Northern Ireland said: “Year on year these Awards showcase how arts to business partnerships continue to deliver creative business solutions for both sectors. We are delighted that the standard and number of entries has remained so high; this is testament to the creativity of the businesses and arts organisations that are successfully partnering in Northern Ireland.”