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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Castlebay Christmas Tree ProjectBorn out of a craft class for local young people on the Outer Hebridean island of Barra, the Castlebay Christmas tree project ended up reaching people across the world. Beairteas Bharraigh (which translates as ‘the Wealth of Barra’) was keen to get young people interested in knitting and crochet, so planned a secret yarnbomb in December 2018. Inspired by their success, they decided to strive for something bigger and, having seen a photograph of a crocheted Christmas tree in Italy, thought it would be the perfect project.

In early 2019, they encouraged residents, visitors and people all over the world to crochet squares to cover the tree that would become the focal point of Castlebay’s festive decorations. They also ran local crochet classes. 

“It was exciting when the squares started coming in,” says organiser Sarah MacLean. “Squares arrived from Germany, Australia, the United States and Canada along with all the local squares. People volunteered to sew them all together, and a small team designed and made the structure for the crochet to cover. Living in a windy location this aspect was vitally important!

“We received funding from Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery to buy lights and materials. Everybody loved the tree and we got such a good response locally, on social media and in the press. Castlebay Christmas Tree was then packed away ready for December 2020.”


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