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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Active Inquiry Theatre Company’s ‘Connecting Lives’ project brought together participants from three community groups, who worked together over 10 weeks.

All based in the Leith area of Edinburgh, Shakti Women's Aid, Bethany Homeless Charity and The Alma Project (mental health and arts) had worked with Active Inquiry previously, on a two-year project which supported the groups to form their own theatre companies and produce shows.

After this initial project came to an end, they decided to build on the networking, solidarity and sense of community that had developed between the groups, and in particular the shared issue of isolation and loneliness. The participants worked with each other, guided by Active Inquiry, to make a powerful piece of theatre called ‘Connected Lives’, which explored the various ways their circumstances contributed to their experience of loneliness - but also showed the places for connections to happen, which could lead to meaningful friendship and support.

All the participants were involved at every step, and took active roles in devising, writing and performing the piece, forming strong connections along the way.

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