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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RicNicRicNic is a youth-led theatre model, born out of an initiative at a school in Winchester in 2004. RicNic was established by a group of 16 year old students who wanted to stage a musical at their school which had a theatre, but no annual production. The students were given access to the theatre over summer and fundraised to cover the production costs. They staged the show for a ticketed audience, and paved the way for the annual summer production. The project has since grown, and is now housed at the Theatre Royal Winchester. In 2018 RicNic staged 3 musicals across the South East and celebrated their 14th year in Winchester, 7th in Oxford and 2nd in London. Each summer three companies of young people aged 16-21 are given full responsibility for their production, and the initiative has seen over 1000 young people involved in RicNic so far.


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