West Yorkshire Playhouse has been shortlisted for a top tourism award in the much coveted Arts & Culture category as part of the prestigious Welcome To Yorkshire White Rose Awards.

The awards, which are the biggest celebration of tourism in the UK, recognise the very best businesses in Yorkshire. The 17 categories cover everything from hotels to holiday parks, pubs to producers and arts to attractions where the standard this year has been higher than ever.

Robin Hawkes, Executive Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, said:
“We are thrilled to be shortlisted for such a renowned award – which showcases what this great region has to offer. The Playhouse is proud to provide world class theatre, with productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (which recently completed an award-winning national tour) and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Alongside the work on our stages we also offer a comprehensive and diverse Creative Engagement programme, reaching out to marginalised or socially excluded people through creative activity. This has included attracting awards for staging the world’s first dementia friendly performance, and becoming the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary for refugees. We are also proud to support and develop actors, theatre makers and playwrights born, raised or living in Leeds and Yorkshire, investing in this region’s creative talent.”

Colin Mellors, chair of the White Rose Award judges, said:
“Yorkshire’s tourism businesses are truly exceptional – bringing large numbers of visitors and income to the region and enhancing our reputation at home and abroad. The sector goes from strength to strength and many of its established stars feature on this year’s White Rose shortlist alongside some welcome new additions. What they have in common is their firm commitment to ensuring guests enjoy unrivalled hospitality, produce, facilities and experiences. The fantastic scenery and heritage provide the icing on the cake. With so many strong entries, shortlisting was very difficult this year. Choosing the eventual winners is going to be really tough.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“The quality of this year’s entries has been exceptional and makes me feel hugely proud of all the brilliant work going on in tourism in the county. It’s an honour to be part of these awards that recognise the many businesses and organisations that make Yorkshire such an amazing destination. I extend my thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and huge congratulations to those who have made the shortlist.”

Winners will be announced later this year.


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