Gorsedh Kernow Awards 2024

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards 2024 are now open for all to enter. The Awards celebrate and honour those who express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall in creative or community work.  The scheme caters for all ages, with Young People’s’ Awards up to age 18, over 18 Awards and Certificates of Recognition. This year’s deadline of 23rd April gives plenty of time to nominate someone, or submit work, so don’t hesitate to apply.

Last year Awen medals were awarded for an impressive range of creative and community work across Cornwall. Winners included Mary Ann Bloomfield and the community of St. Just for the splendid staging of the Ordinalia, Helen Tiplady and the Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre, and Roger Gool for a lifetime’s dedication to the Padstow carols. Certificates of Recognition were given for new creative work – from poetry to song- in Cornish and English, on Cornish heritage, and for new films. Who will be honoured this year?

These awards are agreed by a specialist panel but candidates are nominated by the public. If you have been inspired by an individual or group’s outstanding contribution to Cornish community or culture, you can nominate them for a Gorsedh Kernow Award. This may be for work which has demonstrated the Celtic spirit of Cornwall for a considerable time or in an exceptional way. Winners will be awarded the prestigious Awen Medal, specially designed and made from Cornish tin.

You can also enter your own work for recognition by Gorsedh Kernow’s specialist judges. Successful submissions will be awarded a Certificate of Recognition and may, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded an Awen medal. Adults can submit work in Cornish language writing, Cornish dialect writing, Cornish study, and Creative Work. In this category individuals or groups are asked to submit evidence of their own project (such as an exhibition, new song, craft or performance). Published books should be submitted instead to the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards scheme.

Details of how to nominate someone for an award, submit your own work for recognition, and the Young People’s awards, are available on the Gorsedh Kernow website at https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/awards/.

The closing date is April 23rd. Winners will be announced late June or early July. All winners are invited to a presentation evening, with entertainment, and exhibition at the September Esedhvos Festival of Culture, this year to be held in Padstow.

If you would like more information on the Gorsedh Kernow Awards, please email awards@gorsedhkernow.org.uk.

Gorsedh Kernow Young People’s Awards 2024

Gorsedh Kernow is delighted to announce that the Gorsedh Kernow Young People’s Awards scheme for 2024 is now open for entries. These Awards are open to children and young people under 18 years, and encourage the learning, understanding and promotion of Cornish culture. The aim is to express Cornish identity and the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall. There is also a separate award scheme for those over 18.

We welcome entries from school classes or from individuals in a variety of areas:

– the Cornish language

– dance, music, art and design, film or theatre

– a Cornish study

– creative writing on a Cornish theme in poetry or prose.

Gorsedh Kernow is delighted to be working in partnership on the awards this year with Golden Tree Productions and their Go Cornish programme in schools.

Winners will collect their awards at a special ceremony, which is a chance to share and celebrate everyone’s work. The rich variety of entries in past years has been stunning and we look forward to seeing more this year. This is a chance to celebrate your creativity and our wonderful Cornwall. Splann!

More information and the entry form are on the awards page https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/awards/
The closing date is April 23rd. Winners will be announced late June or early July.