About ACTA 2018
Riz Ahmed, Dev Patel, Meera Syal, Art Malik – just a few household names from the world of acting.
Zayn Malik, Naughty Boy (Shahid Khan), and Anoushka Shankar – from the world of music.
What do they all have in common?
The British Asian community’s incredible contribution to creative arts and culture were honoured on Friday 22nd June at the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre Awards (ACTAs). The glittering annual event shines the spotlight on the best of Asian talent and their achievements in the artistic fields, including film, TV, theatre, music to name a few.
Hosted by Eastern Eye publishers, the Asian Media Group (AMG), the awards ceremony was held at London’s glitzy May Fair Hotel with an array of stars in attendance, including the likes of music superstars Naughty Boy and Anoushka Shankar; actors Meera Syal and Sacha Dhawan; TV stars Anita Rani, Dr Ranj Singh and Nihal Arthanayake; veteran BBC news presenter George Alagiah, among many others.
Now in its third year, the ACTAs event saw a total of 17 awards being presented to honour the contribution of British Asians in creative arts.
Eastern Eye columnist and chair of the ACTA judging panel, Amit Roy, said the awards were a way of “trying to dissolve cultural barriers” between Asians and white Britons.
“We are very lucky to live in such a lovely country which is so rich in the arts. That tells you something about its people,” Roy said.
The compere of the evening Nihal Arthanayake said: “Tonight is a celebration of creativity, ingenuity and artistic flair… The British Asian experience is rich and diverse bursting with talent that wants to be heard. If traditional media can’t see that then they will wither away and we will tell our own stories.”
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