Win tickets to The Spirit of London Awards where you will see young Londoners win awards for their services to the community and see performances by amazing UK music talent. (See below to find out how to enter)
The Mayor of London and a host of other eclectic judges will determine the winners of the Spirit of London awards held at the Indigo2 on the 27th November. The ceremony will see performances from the likes of Roll Deep, Flawless, Toploader, Bashy, Labrinth, and Daley and is hosted by Tasha Danvers and Tamer Hassan. The Spirit of London Awards were launched in 2009 by the Damilola Taylor Trust as a way of addressing the imbalance in the way young people are portrayed in general.
From a total of almost 3,000 nominations from the public the short list for this Years Spirit of London Awards have now been announced. With an array of different councils from across the capital being represented in the final list, some making an appearance for the first time, the awards ceremony is destined to truly capture the Spirit of London’s youth.
Youngsters have been nominated in several categories including achievement in sports, arts, media, education and so much more. Amongst the hopefuls are Chloe Spiteri, SwiftKnight, and Big Deal Youth Arts Company from Barking & Dagenham; Nutmeg from Barnet; Jesse Andrews & Jessie Brock from Bromley; Robert Hughes from Croydon; Nathan Ghann from Enfield; Joshua Sukama, Supakids and the Exposure Team from Haringey; Vanessa Sanyauke from Havering; Omar Choudhry from Hillingdon; Jessica Elliott, Amanda Osei, Alice Schweigert, Camilla Yahaya, Onose Obanjinde, Vanessa Morris, Aishat Rufai, Chantay Watson from Lewisham; Hayley Rae, Raphael Oyelade, Dennis Gyamfi from Lambeth; Bobby Kensah, Clarence ‘Poetic Preacher’ Jackson from Newham; Alice Moore, Ryan Jones from Southwark; Kamara Fearon from Waltham Forest.
“We wanted to create an awards event that young people could feel was truly inspirational and showed how passionate we were about promoting the young people of London positively. Damilola was an ambitious, hard working little boy with positive dreams and we feel it appropriate for his legacy to be enshrined in an awards scheme that honours the kind of young person he was turning into” said Gary Trowsdale, MD of the Damilola Taylor Trust. “The young people honoured last Year were all such wonderful examples of the kind of positive young person London can be proud of – it made all the hard work that went into making the project happen worthwhile. This year it seems that the candidates are of an even higher standard in both achievement and community spirit so the project is truly blessed. This Year is especially poignant for us of course with it being held on the 10th anniversary of Damilola’s death” said Richard Taylor.
The winners in each category will be determined by a salubrious and eclectic panel of judges that include Richard Taylor, Theresa May, Leona Lewis, Ashley Cole, Alan Johnston, Brooke Kinsella, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Warren, Oona King, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Christine Ohorougu, David Haye, Barry & Margaret Mizen, Bashy, Simon Hughes, Chris Grayling, Shaun Bailey, Tim Campbell, Dickson Ethuh, Ashley Walters, Frank Maloney. Many of the judges and their colleagues from the world of sport and showbiz with also be in attendance on the night, along with the Mayor of London.
The awards show itself is formatted as “the Community Oscars for young people” as black tie and evening attire is the order of the occasion and the support artists and celebrities lined up behind the young people add the X factor prestige.
You cannot buy a ticket to this event so to be in with a chance to win one of the 10 pairs of tickets we have to giveaway send your name, email, contact number and the reason why you would like to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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