A flood of nominations have been received for a new award that will be part of a special arts celebration at Norwich Cathedral this autumn - and now the top 10 has been revealed so people can vote for the ultimate winner.

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The EDP People’s Choice Award – part of the inaugural Norfolk Arts Awards which will open the Hostry Festival on October 26 – is the chance for our readers to honour their stars of the arts world.

The hundreds of nominations received have highlighted the great wealth of creative talent in Norfolk and include local performers, artists, theatre companies, venues and any other individuals or organisations achieving great things.

A shortlist of 10 has now been drawn up and people can vote online for their favourites.

Peter Beck, the founder of the Norfolk Arts Awards, said: “We have simply been overwhelmed by the public response to the EDP People’s Choice Award.

“We’ve had such a range of nominations across the arts and across the county, from the larger festivals, theatres and arts organisations, to the smaller venues, galleries and individual artists.

“People have spoken passionately about their favourite artist or venue that they love to visit, about a show that inspired them, or an event that they took part in.

“Many have spoken about the tireless work that individuals have done to make an event happen or continue to happen over several years.

“It shows just how important the arts are to all of us in our lives and how so many people in Norfolk go the extra mile to make sure the arts continue to flourish in the county.”

The top 10 EDP People’s Choice Award nominations which you can now vore for are:

n The Voice Project – Singing The City: The Voice Project is an open access choir based in Norwich. ‘Singing the City’ was performed in May 2012 as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

n Anita Staff: Anita is a photographer and artist based in Norwich.

n The Holt Festival: An arts festival based in the north Norfolk town.

n The Bo Nanafana Social Club: Themed club nights featuring cabaret, live music, comedy and burlesque. Also providing classes, live music events and family events.

n Gallery Plus: Gallery, studio and framing service based in Wells.

n The Norfolk and Norwich Festival: Annual arts festival for the city and county.

n Seachange Arts – Out There Festival: Arts festival based in Great Yarmouth.

n AndAction Productions: Norwich-based organisation providing musical theatre productions and drama/music workshops.

n The Norfolk Youth Music Trust: It promotes amateur and professional musicians of all ages. It holds public events in Norwich.

n The Norfolk and Norwich Festival – ‘Walking’: Robert Wilson’s ‘Walking’ was a collaboration with Theun Mosk, Boukje Schweigman, and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Performances took place in August and September in Holkham.

• To vote for your favourite from the top 10 visit www.norfolkartsawards.co.uk, voting closes on October 12. The three that receive the most votes online will be invited to attend the ceremony on October 26 at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, where the EDP People’s Choice Award winner will be announced.

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