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

NI Big Sock< Back to Shortlist

This community participation project aims to get people using recycled fabric and junk mail to make hexagon patches which when joined together will make a record breaking 52m Christmas Stocking! Approximately half a million 3” hexagons are required to complete the NI Big Sock.

Working with craft fair organisers, fabric shops, museums, community organisations and pop up events has given the public the opportunity to have a go at making hexagons. Businesses have generously donated fabric and paper as well as provided publicity and help fundraise.

There is a task for people of all ages and abilities. Young and old alike are teaching each other the basics of quilting. Community participation has brought new friendships and intergenerational mixing adding social and civic benefits as people work to achieve this world record!

During 2016 the NI Big Sock co-ordinator and helpers have travelled to many towns and villages around Northern Ireland to engage the community by visiting schools, craft groups, community organisations and having a presence at public events.

"People have shown creativity by using unusual materials to create the hexagons (one was made from chain mail) others added applique or painted decoration and once all the hexagons are joined together the finished stocking will be a creative work of art showcasing co-operation as the result of 1000s of hours of creativity by 1000s of people in NI who have contributed to this initiative."

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