Huyton-born actress Eithne Browne will host the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity awards.
The awards, which will be celebrated online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will take place on Friday 19 February.
Forty-five finalists have been shortlisted for the awards by a judging panel led by Chairs of the Culture Partnership, Phil Redmond and Maggie O’ Carroll. There were more than 700 nominations from across the whole of the city region.
Eithne, who has most recently appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, is most well-known for her role as Chrissy Rogers in Brookside.
She will be joined by a number of guest presenters from the city region including the Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Matthew Ball, music artist and DJ Yousef, actress Leanne Best and chef Paul Askew.
Eithne said: “I am honoured to have been asked to host the Culture and Creativity awards this year. It has been an incredibly tough year for the industry, for everyone involved in the arts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Celebrating everything that people have done to go above and beyond to adapt and be creative within their communities as well as across our cultural organisations; with events moving online and socially distanced performances; is much needed in this climate and good for our wellbeing to recognise them for their hard work in terrible circumstances.”
Anyone can register to watch the event online.
You can find out more about the awards and a list of all the finalists here.