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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Five Lamps Arts Festival


The Five Lamps Arts Festival is a growing event with a growing team, embedded in the local community of the North East inner city of Dublin. Since 2007, it has programmed various arts events from theatre, live music and arts exhibitions to arts, crafts and dance workshops in local schools and community centres. The festival is now steered by an active, vibrant Board which includes representatives from the local community, and up to 50 talented volunteers from Ireland and overseas. 

The need for such an event in the area was highlighted in a report on ways of combating gangland murders, published three years ago. At the initiative of NEIC (North East Inner City development programme), a group of civil servants, local activists and officers of Dublin City Council have committed to changing the local story by championing the Five Lamps Arts Festival. Event organisers deliver arts events throughout the year aimed at, and involving, the local community in a variety of settings. Importantly, it has championed and supported local artists, as evidenced by the #FiveLampsChats series. 

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