The 2018 Best Live Event finalists features comedy, food, a major historical exhibition and a musical extravaganza. The Best Live Event category is supported by ITV.
BBC Asian Network Live
BBC Asian Network hosted their biggest flagship event in front of 4000 excited fans in Birmingham. Hosted by the Asian Network DJ family the event attracted the hottest acts on the British-Asian and global music scenes. Among the highlights this year were ‘Gabru Panjab Da’ JK, Birmingham duo Lotto Boyzz, Punjabi vocalist Jasmine Sandlas, Jenny Johal, Imran Khan and Adam Saleh who was joined by frequent collaborator Faydee from Sydney. The night was capped off in style with RNB superstar Jay Sean taking to the stage.
Empire of the Sikhs
This stunning exhibition told the story of an empire that almost ended British rule in India. On show at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, the story was told through a glittering array of over one hundred works of art and objects from leading private collections and major institutions, including stunning jewellery and weaponry belonging to a number of historic figures such as Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Maharani Jind Kaur and General Hari Singh Nalwa. This is the first time an arts exhibition has been shortlisted in this category at the Asian Media Awards.
London Halal Food Festival
The country’s largest Halal Food Festival attracted over 20,000 visitors sampling 100 food companies. The festival is fast becoming one of the major highlights of the summer festival season in the city. The foods, the sounds and the tastes from some of the finest food stalls was on show. The festival also proved popular with non-Muslim visitors who sampled the best of Asian and Middle-Eastern inspired delicacies.
Paul Chowdhry Live Innit
It was going to take something special to follow on from PC’s World, Paul Chowdhry’s 2015 100 date sell-out tour. But ‘Live Innit’ was something a little special. It sees Paul Chowdhry at his best tackling everything from dating in the cyber-age to how Brexit is changing Britain. The sell-out tour took in the length and breadth of the country with shows at the Symphony Hall (Birmingham), the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, the O2 Apollo Manchester and Wembley Arena. The success of the show saw extra dates announced in 2018.
Winners and recipients of AMA special awards will be announced at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday 25 October.
Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia and Anita Rani.
The University of Salford are premier sponsors and partners to the event include ITV, MediaCom, M.E.N, Press Association Training, Primesight & The Palace Theatre & Opera House.
The official Charity Partner for 2018 is CLIC Sargent.
The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages, Namey, AMT Lawyers, USI Money, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Supreme Dream Events, Payal Events & Cleartwo.