A warm welcome to everyone; members, performers, your guests and guests from Leeds City Council. Thank you for attending the 2018 Leeds Community Arts Network Guild Awards. Thank you also for the herculean efforts made by the Creative Team to make this evening possible, who have all worked tirelessly to pull it all together.
Performances this year have been of an incredibly high standard, making the adjudicator’s job much harder. It is clear to see by the number of nominations we have had for the non-performance related awards how much all societies are pulling together, and how individuals are putting in the extra effort to build their community and help others.
I want to take this opportunity to thank those who worked tirelessly on the Carriageworks Is Community Campaign, especially those who were not Trustees. These are the people who embody the spirit of what LeedsCAN is all about, and who we will always hold dear in our community. We have come out at the end of it all, stronger, with a renewed sense of purpose and a refreshed working relationship with Leeds City Council and the Carriageworks Team. We can’t wait to see what’s next.