Welcome to the Epic Awards 2015

Epic Award Winners 2014From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, over 60,000 voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland provide regular opportunities for cultural engagement in their local areas. The Epic Awards celebrate their achievements.

Previous winners have included an all-male voice choir that took a novel approach to increasing participation, a breakdance crew who worked with the NHS to roll-out an anti-smoking project, a drumming group that aided mental health recovery, and an orchestra that became a YouTube hit when they performed an uplifting flash mob in their local bus station.

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Last year's winners

  • England

  • Pandemonium Drummers

  • Drumming group that came together as part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
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  • Ireland

  • Poetry in the Park

  • Poetry group that holds outdoor recitals to enjoy the spoken word in natural surroundings.
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  • Scotland

  • Braemar Creative Arts Festival

  • Group of residents in a Highland village, who ran their own arts festival.
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  • Wales

  • Fishguard Arts Society

  • Innovative knitting project involving the whole community in revitalising the town and its people.
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  • Who should enter?

    All voluntary-led arts groups are eligible to apply. Entries might include:

    • groups who have formed new collaborations;
    • projects that engage with a local community or beyond;
    • activity that sets out to educate, inspire or increase participation;
    • groups who use new technology in innovative ways.

    We’ve written a useful Briefing to guide you through the process.

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What it feels like to win an Epic Award

Four groups tell their story about winning an Epic Award

  • Welsh Basket Makers South Wales Group

    “Winning the Epic Award, and having our skills and efforts recognised, was a surprise and a delight for our group...”

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  • Barra Bunting Project

    “We were very humbled to win the Scottish Epic Award,” says Sarah MacLean of Barra Bunting Project...

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  • Quilts 4 London

    "When we found out we had been shortlisted for an Epic Award, we were very excited and pleased..."

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  • Phizzfest

    "Winning the Epic Award for Ireland in 2011 was a huge validation for Phizzfest, and a wonderful reward for the incredible..."

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