Epic Awards

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

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

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. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

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The Joy of SoundThe Joy of Sound is led and run by volunteers who provide inclusive participatory music and arts activities for people of all ages and backgrounds, including marginalised groups and disabled people facing complex health challenges. The Krar Project ran from January 2019 to February 2020 with the aim of accepting and embracing cultural difference in their local community through mutual learning and community development.

The project arose from Joy of Sound’s ongoing work with the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities around their base in Brixton, for whom the Krar, a highly adaptable string instrument of the lyre / harp family that can be played one handed lying flat, on a stand or held in different positions and strummed or plucked, or played with a plectrum, with its ancient African lineage, is central to their musical and cultural heritage. The three phases of the project; instrument making, outreach and events, allowed them to connect with a hard to reach group by running events, offering the use of instruments and promoting cultural exchange.


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