Eastern Eye’s Arts Culture & Theatre Awards (ACTAs) recognise British Asian talent in a wide range of disciplines, including literature, film, television, theatre, comedy, music, dance, visual arts and contribution to the creative industries in general.

According to the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), the creative sector’s worth rose from £94.8 billion in 2016 to £101.5 billion in 2018, and has grown at nearly twice the rate of the broader UK economy since 2010.

The British Asian involvement in the arts is growing year on year, which has been reflected in the success of the ACTAs, which has made an impact in celebrating British Asian talent since it was launched in 2016. AMG recognises the need to champion British Asian talent, and as a result introduced a dedicated arts & culture section in Eastern Eye newspaper and website.

This is just a selection of the 2020 ACTA winners: Jameela Jamil and Charli XCX for Eastern Eye People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public and Eastern Eye readers; Patricia Rozario OBE for her outstanding contribution to the creative industry; Naga Munchetty for best presenter; Himesh Patel for best TV actor; Guz Khan for comedy; Tabu for best TV actress; Mira Nair for best director; The National Theatre for the community engagement award and so on.

In successive years, the V&A, Tate Modern, the Science Museum and The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace have also been recognised for their contributions to British Asian society at large.

Britain is extraordinarily rich in the creative industries and it has to be emphasised that the arts are for everyone. ACTA is a step in trying to achieve that goal. Through ACTAs, Eastern Eye aims to give British Asian artists it full support.


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