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

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival< Back to Shortlist

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is the largest and longest running ukulele festival in the country. In 2017, the festival hosted over 100 artists and more than 450 people took part in activities while audience figures topped 3,000. The GNUF team aim to involve as many people as possible and welcome people of all ages and backgrounds.

The organisers have worked with well known performer Tricity Vogue to better engage with those who identify as LGBTQ+ and expand the breadth and depth of their artistic programming. The festival has been welcoming of performers young and old and also involved local students in placements with their stage crew.

The GNUF team have sought to collaborate with other festivals and events in the West Yorkshire area to share knowledge and support marketing, while also sharing their experiences with newer ukulele festivals in the UK and across Europe. GNUF has been named Best Ukulele Festival by the UK’s UKE Magazine and they have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


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