The Southsea Folk Awards started when the Southsea Folk magazine felt there needed to be an awards event that could celebrate the achievements and hard work of independent creatives, artisans, designers and artists. There were other awards schemes in place, but they concentrated on other areas of business and not the independent small businesses we have here, so in 2019 Southsea Folk Awards was born!
In the first year they didn’t know what to expect, but had a huge response! This year there are 18 categories which covers a wide scope and a chance to really think about what has helped the public get through the tough times we have faced over the last year. Each category offers a wide choice to support the local businesses and creatives we have on this vibrant island.
Categories like ‘Best Atmosphere’ and ‘Best Outdoor Experience’ really opens up the choice of who to vote for. The public can submit nominations by visiting www.southseafolk.uk and clicking the Southsea Folk Independent Awards banner. You can also find a page dedicated to the awards here.
Nominations are open until the 12th April, and the finalists will be announced in the following weeks, with a public vote to decide the winners.
The awards evening is a virtual event that will take place on the 21st May. The evening can be watched for free, and the local independent eateries and businesses will be involved to offer food packages and drinks to help the public join in the awards as well as support the local economy.
Louise O’Brien, Southsea Folk Magazine & Online Editor, said “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the independents and creatives that have supported the awards and the ethos of Southsea Folk. The support from the public has been phenomenal and really makes a job I love already into being one where I am even more grateful for what I do. Highlighting the incredible community we are lucky to have in Southsea and Portsmouth is not only important but brings a sense of pride and togetherness and especially in times like we have been facing this really does make a difference. It offers positivity and focus to the area we live.”
Nominate here until the 12th April, then look out for finalist voting shortly after.