2024 Culture Awards took place April 3, 2024! 

About the Culture Awards

The City of Nanaimo recognizes outstanding organizations, groups or individuals in the arts & culture fields. This is your opportunity to recognize people and groups that you believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.  We welcome nominations for the following categories:

Excellence in Culture Award

Presented to an organization or individual that has achieved regional and/or national recognition in the field of arts and is recognized as a “Nanaimo Artist,” has demonstrated excellence in their field, and is a significant inspiration to others. View the Excellence in Culture Award page for more details, and to view a list of past recipients. 

Honour in Culture Award

Presented to an individual, group or corporation known for their dedication and support of the development of Nanaimo’s cultural sector. View the Honour in Culture Award page for more details, and to view a list of past recipients.

Emerging Cultural Leader Award

Recognizes up-and-coming, Nanaimo-based cultural leaders. This award targets individuals under 30 years of age who have contributed significantly to the cultural life in Nanaimo. Recipients must be recognized by their peers and the community as a whole, to have given distinguished service in arts and culture and / or have been recognized for excellence in an arts or cultural field. View the Emerging Cultural Leader Award for more details, and to view a list of past recipients.

2025 Call for Nominations

Watch for the 2025 Culture Awards Call for Nominations to open in August 2024!


Please reach out to the Culture & Events team using the info below.


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Culture & Events 250-755-4483

Last updated: April 4, 2024

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