The year has flown so we must have been having fun along the way. Now, it’s time for the Ellis Jones tradition, of bringing you our list of favourite cultural experiences for 2015.

We are proud to announce the winners in our Top Album, Best Book, Best Movie, Best Eat Out and Best Event/Gig categories.

And the winners are:

Top album

RHOD: Mutilator Defeated at Last – Thee Oh Sees​

MELINDA: (Because we had to say good bye)​ – Flap

KELLIE: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence and the Machine

ELISE: We’re All Desi – Delhi 2 Dublin

TANYA: Eternal Return – Sarah Blasko

KAT: Azari & III – Azari & III or Quarters! – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (both got a good run this year)

LISL: Nomad – Bombino

PATRICK: In Colour – Jamie xx

CLAUDIA: Uptown Special – Mark Ronson

JANINE: Currents – Tame Impala

CAROLINE: At. Long. Last A$AP – A$AP Rocky

Best book

RHOD: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

MELINDA: The Vogue Factor by Kristie Clements

KELLIE: The Strays by Emily Bitto

ELISE: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

TANYA: Plays by Anton Chekhov

KAT: The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better for Everyone by Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

LISL: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

PATRICK: The End of Absence by Michael Harris

CLAUDIA: The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits

JANINE: Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

CAROLINE: Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave and Helter Skelter ​by Vincent Bugliosi

Best movie

RHOD: Interstellar​

MELINDA: A Royal Night Out

KELLIE: Paper Planes

ELISE: Tracks

TANYA: The Martian

KAT: The Double

LISL: Only Lovers Left Alive

PATRICK: Ex Machina

CLAUDIA: Get Hard

JANINE: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

CAROLINE: All this Mayhem

Best eat out

RHOD: Maha​

MELINDA: ​Supernormal​

KELLIE: Movida Next Door

ELISE: The Stables at Stones

TANYA: Amiconi Italian Restaurant

KAT: Estelle Bistro or The Good Table

LISL: Naked for Satan

PATRICK: Brazilian street food

CLAUDIA: Nobu

JANINE: Pizza Meine Liebe

CAROLINE: The Cyprus Tree

Best event/gig

RHOD: Sugar Fed Leopards at Howler

MELINDA: Melbourne Salami Festa

KELLIE: Tame Impala at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

ELISE: Woodford Folk Festival at Woodfordia, Queensland

TANYA: Sarah Blasko at Zoo Twilights

KAT: Goat w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at The Croxton

LISL: Johnny Marr at the Forum Theatre

PATRICK: Rio carnival in Rio de Janeiro

CLAUDIA: Summer night market at the Queen Victoria Market

JANINE: Florence and the Machine at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

CAROLINE: The Village People at Golden Plains

We hope you have a great festive season!

Image Credit: Matt via via Flickr Creative Commons