Tramlines Festival founder to be given posthumous award

The founder of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival is to be given a posthumous award recognising her contribution to UK festivals.

Sarah Nulty, who died aged 36 following a “brief illness” in July this year, will be given the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award at the UK Festival Awards ceremony in London tonight.

Ms Nulty, who came to Sheffield as a university student in 1999, helped set up the festival in 2009 and was made its director in 2013. The event is attended by over 3,000 people every year.

This award is the latest in a series that have been presented to Ms Nulty since her death. Others include a Civic Award from Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid and an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Association of Independent Festivals, as well as a permanent memorial to her being installed on Devonshire Green by Sheffield City Council.

An award honouring work with the LGBT+ community was also created in her name, with Sheffield Hallam University becoming the inaugural recipient in October.