The 2015 Helpmann Awards nominations were announced on Monday 22nd June at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. A posse of media and award nominees were present to see Todd McKenney MC the media launch and promote the star-studded event which will be screened live on Monday July 22nd from the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.
The Helpmann Awards have existed since 2001 and are about recognizing the achievements of people involved in the live performance arena. Award categories include, for example, best Australian contemporary concert, best contemporary music festival, best regional touring production, best ballet or dance work and so on.
Several awards have already been announced and a number of stalwarts acclaimed for their invaluable contribution to the live performance field. Congratulations to singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, who received this year’s JC Williamson Award. “The JC Williamson Award® is bestowed on an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of the Australian live entertainment and performing arts culture and shaped the future of the industry for the better.” http://www.helpmannawards.com.au (26/06/15)
Felicitations also go to the 2015 Sue Nattrass Award recipient, Eric Robinson, and winner of the Brian Stacey award winner for emerging conductors, Jessica Gethin. The Helpmann Awards have quickly become very well respected within the industry, and from nomination to selection of recipients, the process is rigorous. Those who achieve these accolades are certainly the best of the best in their field.
See our photos from the night by Mary Boukouvalas.