HFTA 2020 Best Arts Champion – Councillor WINNER – Luthfur Rahman

Congratulations to Manchester City Council's Luthfur Rahman; winner of this year's Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Champion - Councillor

For Manchester City Council, Luthfur Rahman challenges officers and cultural partners to work harder to change, adapt and better promote the cultural offer to reach all residents. He recognises the significant contribution Culture plays in the growth and economic success of the city as well as the wider benefits to residents from the significant growth in the tourist industry, creating jobs and opportunities as well as making Manchester a vibrant place to live.

Luthfur has been selected as the winner of  of Best Arts Champion – Councillor in the 2020 Hearts for the Arts Awards. In the words of our judges, here’s why:

Luthfur Rahman is to be treasured. Errollyn Wallen CBE: composer

Luthfur Rahman believes in the glory of Manchester in all its multicultural differences under one sky. He has promoted the beauty of its myriad of languages in the great poem he commissioned. A worthy champion of the arts.  Gary Kemp: actor, musician, songwriter, founder member of Spandau Ballet

As someone who has experience MCC’s commitment to the arts up close, I am no stranger to Cllr Rahman’s complete and joyful passion for Manchester, its artists and its cultural capital. That he has been nominated twice comes as no surprise to me.  A true champion of the arts and, crucially, a huge believer in celebrating the diversity of the city he loves. Julie Hesmondhalgh: actor, activist

Cllr Rahman is an impressive advocate for the arts and for the communities of Manchester.  He has kept a clear focus on the local people, importantly highlighting the needs and interests of the previously disengaged.  He has kept a grassroots focus while operating at the highest levels of cultural development. Kirstie Wilson: Kirklees Council, winner 2019 Hearts for the Arts Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer

Manchester has a national and now a growing international reputation as a cultural powerhouse. It’s clear that Councillor Rahman is an enthusiastic and energetic driver of that reputation. Although his background is not in the arts, he champions the cause beautifully, making connections and bringing joy with festivals, awards and new partnerships.  Look after him – he’s a diamond! Samuel West: actor, director, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts

Luthfur Rahman has conceived and organised major new initiatives in Manchester for the recognition and enjoyment of the arts, which are set to flourish for years, if not decades. Above all, he is dedicated to the promotion of careers in the arts, which are too often overlooked.  Susie Dent: lexicographer, etymologist, host of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’

Read more about Luthfur Rahman’s nomination here.

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