Cardiff Life Awards

By Olivia

Development Assistant, Olivia Richardson, tells us about her time at the Cardiff Life Awards...


Cardiff Life is a local magazine that celebrates the best of Cardiff, from up and coming retailers to the most glitzy of VIP events. The Cardiff Life Awards recognise businesses and organisations in the Welsh capital that are at the very top of their field, chosen by a panel of independent judges.

At the end of January, it was revealed that NoFit State was a Cardiff Life Awards Finalist – and how proud we were! We had been nominated for the Arts category and our name sat amongst other arts organisations that were not only good friends, but also seriously strong competitors!

Soon the 19th March was upon us and (donning the poshest of frocks!) Bethan and I headed off to the awards at City Hall. A lobby of light bulbs greeted us - a reminder as to the title of the occasion! Everybody was dressed to the nines and just like everyone else, we made the most of this glorious occasion - and took a selfie!


Selfie of Olivia and Bethan

We mingled for a while, Champagne in hand, before taking our seats for dinner. The room looked wonderful and was buzzing with excitement, as the awards got closer.

The entertainment for the evening was provided by none other than NoFit State, with Jamie Leigh performing a beautiful hand balancing act and Hugo Maciel treating the room to a sneak preview of his stunning Bianco juggling routine.

City Hall

Soon it was awards time and with each category we were more and more eager to know who would be named the best Arts Organisation in Cardiff.

First came the judges’ comments:

An international success, taking Cardiff to the World…

Phenomenal breadth of activity and engagement…

Great testimonials…

And the winner is…

*Drumroll Please*

NoFit State Circus!


We’d won! We’d actually won!

The competition was so strong; we were honoured to even be nominated alongside our fellow finalists, never mind actually win. Well done to all the winners and finalists at the awards, it was a fantastic night and NoFit State is proud to have stood alongside you all. 

The prize  The award beside our image on the cover of Cardiff Life


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