Caroline here, Festival Producer. I am so excited to share with you our news of winning a prestigious award. The Journal Culture Awards are the main way that arts and culture in the region gets recognised annually. I was overwhelmed just to be nominated for Best Event Teesside. We were shortlisted against the Homecoming show that outdoor theatre company Periplum did in Darlington late last year, and was also performed in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar. It was a fantastic event in the Market Square. The other candidate was an exhibition called Chance Finds Us at mima that I must admit I didn’t see, but it was
mima which is always incredible; as far as I was convinced, we had no chance.
A few of the Jabber Group went in a minibus up to Sunderland Minster last Tuesday evening to make the most of being nominated and celebrate in the sunshine. It was a packed event and we got great seats, at the front and side, so we could see everything, although they showed it all on big screens so no-one missed anything.
It was also a really fun event, with several music performances and a really great atmosphere (I’d been expecting a graduation-ceremony-style tedium). Our category was announced shortly into the second half of the evening and the award was presented by Sharon Paterson from Teesside University who sponsor the section. It turned out later that almost everyone else was sure we would win, but not me. When they said “and the winner is Jabberwocky Market” I was amazed. I was the one selected to go onstage to receive the award and all the way there I was sure that I’d misheard and was making a fool of myself. There’s a compilation video of the night and you can see on my face that I was totally overwhelmed and perplexed.
Don’t get me wrong, we work so very hard and manage to attract a fantastic programme every time so I really believe we had done everything to deserve it, but still, it’s a glorious surprise when it happens.
Thanks so much to all our audiences, artists, volunteers and supporters – the who, how and why we do it! Cheers!!