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

Mugstock Festival

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MugStock calls itself a ‘Festival of Music and Merriment for All Ages’, and first took place in July 2015. A year later, after what the volunteer organisers call ‘a steep learning curve’, the 2016 festival was a huge success.

It attracted an audience of 1,381 (a 93% increase on the previous year!), featured over 150 local performers, including a pipe band, choir and circle dance group, and national and international acts across five stages.

The organisers recruited, trained and managed over 70 other volunteers to help run the event, and gave free access to disadvantaged and minority groups, via partners including Refuwegee and Sense Scotland.

They provided a platform for young performers from creative charities Toonspeak and PEEK, and local children helped create the décor.

Grants of over £50,000 were raised, plus sponsorship from local businesses and a  partnership with Sustrans and Maklab, resulting in bicycle-powered interactive sculptures. They fundraised  £7,000 to install new drainage in the park, improving this resource for everyone, and giving the festival a venue for its family activities.

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