Nominees for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2017 have been announced. Dubbed as the Oscars for Museums, the LDCA will be recognising and celebrating the diversity and liveliness of the different museums and cultural destinations around the world.
The Awards programme will take place for the fourth year this year and works to highlight the amazing contributions that have been made to cultural life, as well as recognising some of the best emerging destinations across the world.
At the event this year there will be five different sections as well as the introduction of a nw prize. The Leading Cultural Destinations of the Year has five different categories that cover the Exhibition of the Year, Museum Architecture of the Year, Museum Restaurant of the Year, Museum Shop of the Year and Digital Museum of the Year. There is also a Best New Museum of the Year, with awards given in five different regional categories: Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, North America, South & Central America. The other sections are the Valletta 2018 Soft Power Destinations of the Year and The Avid Travellers’ Awards for the Emerging Culture City of the Year and the Art Hotel of the Year.
New categories this year are the ‘Climate Smart’ Award and the Sipsmith ‘Best Museum Late Night Experience’ Prize.
The nominees that have been announced for these awards will be judged by a panel that is distinguished in their field. The jury will then vote for the winners of each category, with the winners announced at an awards ceremony that will be held on Friday the 29th September 2017 at the Trafalgar St. James hotel in London.
With two or three nominees for each category, the list is extensive and will be available online. The 45 nominees include: the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Australia; The Musee des Confluences in Lyon, France; The British Museum in London; Etihad Museum in Dubai, UAE; Fosun Foundation in Beijing, China; the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, USA; and the Casa Wabi in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.