Eastern Eye’s Arts Culture & Theatre Awards (ACTA) 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.

What is significant is that British Asian involvement in the arts is growing year on year, as we have seen with ACTA, which has certainly made a difference since it was launched in 2016. What is really important is that there should be week to week coverage of the sector, which is why Eastern Eye has now introduced a dedicated arts & culture section in the paper.

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. Eastern Eye aims through ACTA to give British Asian artists it full support.

The ACTAs this year, took place on Wednesday 17th February 2021. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!


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