Achievement in Arts and Music 2008/2009
Achievement in Arts and Music winner Tony Graves won for creating and directing the annual ‘cultural eXchanges’ festival in Leicester which attracts more than 4,000 people to 50 events, many performed by internationally-recognised artists. ‘cultural eXchanges’, which takes place over five days in Leicester each March, is organised by 18 DMU arts management students, under Tony’s guidance. It regularly attracts interest from the national media, with 2009’s participants including Trevor Nelson, Bonnie Greer, Charles Dance and Billy Bragg. In 2008 the stars included the then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri and Turner Prize winning potter Grayson Perry. Many of the events are free to attend, and bring in thousands of people to the University from across Leicestershire and beyond. He donated his prize to PROSTaid and to the Leicester Children’s Hospital.