Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. Applications are simple and straightforward. We'll open the call in the autumn but you can start thinking about making your case to our judging panels now!

The 2017 Epic Awards winners' reception took place on 19 March 2017 at the incredible Sage Gateshead as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival. See who the winners were at this year's event. For the third year running, the winners of our People's Choice Award were guests on BBC One's Breakfast show to talk about their win.

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

Roscommon Solstice Choir on BBC One's Breakfast

Auchtermuchty Media Project

Group that combined media with local heritage to create film about WW2Read more

Awaaz FM Community Radio

Southampton radio station representing diverse local communitiesRead more

Ballet Hebrides

Amateur troupe that staged first performance of The Nutcracker in Western IslesRead more

Belfast Stitch n Bitch

Local craft collective celebrating ten years of big ideasRead more

BTU Productions

Bigger Than Us Productions take an innovative, open approach to theatreRead more

Civic Arts Centre & Theatre

Oswaldtwistle event marking the Battle of the Somme involving 750 participantsRead more

Coast Lines

A community drawing project from North Pembrokeshire involving over 1,500 locals and visitorsRead more

Creative Electric

Drama exploring masculinity, created and performed by young menRead more

Culture Shifts

A collaborative photography project exploring dementia in communities across LiverpoolRead more

Custom Reels

Innovative film production team in South Shields working with 13-19 year oldsRead more

Ebb & Flow CIC

Beach Club invited people old and young to get creative on a Wirral beachRead more

Get the Chance

A volunteer-run website offering a diversity of critical views on cultural activitiesRead more

Goldies Cymru

An opportunity for people to sing, dance, stretch, smile and socialiseRead more

Handmade Cinema

Immersive film screenings in Sheffield where the audience get creativeRead more

Jam Nights

Northern Irish group giving musicians a platform for live sessionsRead more

Kicking the Bucket

This Irish group take a creative and humorous approach to illness and deathRead more

MugStock Festival

Festival with local and global acts that used partnerships to growRead more

Music in Mind

An Uxbridge music project helping people overcoming mental health problemsRead more

NI Big Sock

NI Big sock have a huge challenge ahead of them - 52m to be exact!Read more

Noise Solution

This Suffolk music project works with young people to overcome personal problemsRead more

Quirky Creations 65

People across Northern Ireland joined in making 10,000 origami dovesRead more

Roscommon Solstice Choir

This 100-plus member choir has grown far beyond their initial plansRead more

Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance

How the Love is Louder project in Rotherham tackled intolerance through creativityRead more

Rubicon Dance

Community dance activities for young people and adults with learning disabilitiesRead more

Say It Ain't Sew

Volunteer-led sewing classes that encourage everyone to try needlecraftRead more

SOCK Glasgow

Knitting group that attracted global contributions for WW1 projectRead more

The Exchange Creative Community

Empty shop units in Morecambe transformed into a creative community hubRead more

The Re-Tune Project

Classes where PTSD sufferers learn to make, then play, stringed instrumentsRead more

South Devon Players

Ambitious Brixham-based amateur dramatic group behind feature film ‘Mordred’Read more

The Theatre Room Galway

Community collective staging one-act plays in non-traditional settingsRead more


Unique annual recycled sculpture trail on the South Devon coastRead more


Edinburgh-based theatre group that collaborated on climate change dramaRead more