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Vote for your favourite individual in the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards

PUBLISHED: 17:33 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 24 August 2017

The 2016 EDP People's Choice Award winners Cinema City, The Nimmo Twins and Sheringham Little Theatre at the 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral.

Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.

The 2016 EDP People's Choice Award winners Cinema City, The Nimmo Twins and Sheringham Little Theatre at the 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.

From brilliant arts venues to wonderful artists to great festivals, an amazing array of cultural champions from across the county have been nominated for the 2017 EDP People’s Choice Awards - and now it is time for you to vote for who you think should win the best indiviudal accolade.

The award is part of the annual Norfolk Arts Awards – and today we can reveal the final 10 in the running for the prize.

Now it is time for you to cast your online votes to decide who will be the ultimate winner of the 2017 EDP People’s Choice Award for best individual.

Voting is open now on this article and will close on September 6 at 4pm.

You can also vote for the winners of the best individual and best large project or organisation categories of the EDP People’s Choice Awards.

The final three in each category will be revealed in the EDP and the winners will be announced at the Norfolk Arts Awards which will take place at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on Friday, October 20.

In no particular order, the shortlisted 10 for the individual category of the 2017 EDP People’s Choice Awards are:

ANNIE CATWOMAN - A key figure in Norwich Arts Centre’s Sonic Youths project for young musicians which gives them the chance to perform at the city venue as well as events like Latitude Festival and Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration. Her passion and dedication has helped countless musicians further their ambitions in music.

DAVID LAMBERT - The inspiring drama tutor and director was at the helm of Norwich Theatre Royal’s arts courses for 28 years and has helped to shape the lives and ambitions of countless young people. Alice Back in Wonderland in July was the 28th summer show he has directed for the Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company.

JAMES MCDERMOTT - The playwright and performer’s solo show Rubber Ring focuses on a Norfolk boy’s struggle with sexual and regional identity and the show has received a great reception in London and at Norwich Arts Centre, Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Holt Festival.

ISABELLE KING - The Norwich-based author is the creator of The Norfolk Story Book which combines local history with imagination and fun. She is involved in school workshops with Norfolk and Norwich Festival and is the founder of Books Talk Back which supports new writers.

ROB WHITWORTH - The Bafta Award-winning filmmaker created a stunning new video of our fine city called Norwich...a story which he gifted to Norwich Cathedral and which is now being used in a tourism campaign run by VisitNorwich. The video has caught the attention of people around the world including Hollywood film star Russell Crowe.

STEVE FARRELL - The Great Yarmouth-based filmmaker is behind a drama series called Our Town which is based on real issues people face within the seaside town, and the community project has helped to bring together many different people from the local area.

JULIE HEWITT - The talented performer’s musical homage to French singing star Edith Piaf in Je ne Regrette Rien includes powerful renditions of Edith Piaf’s greatest songs in French and English and has been described as a cleverly-crafted performance.

IAN JOHNSON - Ian has long been a key figure at Access to Music, helping to build the Norwich-based music college into one of the most successful in the country and mentoring many young musicians over the years including Ed Sheeran, Let’s Eat Grandma and Mullally.

DAVID SHENTON - A cartoonist for newspapers and magazines for more than 40 years and an LGBT activist whose Duvet of Love made up of hundred of badges went on display at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell this summer to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

LEE VASEY - The musician and his Lee Vasey Band have for many years been among one of the most well known bands in the region. He has also featured with a huge array of big names in the music scene including Royston ‘Chubby Brown’ Vasey, Chris Rea, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Showaddywaddy, and Cathy Dennis.

The Norfolk Arts Awards is part of the Hostry Festival which will this year run from October 15 to 29.

For more information about the Norfolk Arts Awards and the Hostry Festival, visit www.norfolkartsawards.org and www.hostryfestival.org

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