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

Yarnbombing Mountmellick< Back to Shortlist

Run by a group of local volunteers, Yarnbombing Mountmellick transforms the midlands town of Mountmellick, County Laois, with colourful yarnbombing for two weeks every year.

Houses, street lights, cars, bicycles, trees, businesses...you name it! Yarnbombing Mountmellick have transformed them into works of art and people come from far and wide to see them.

Mountmellick is steeped in an industrial past. Known as “The Manchester of Ireland” it was founded by Quakers who brought industries such as spinning, leather works, weaving and embroidery. Yarnbombing Mountmellick believe that this heritage, rich in textiles, has manifested itself in a love for all things textiles.

“This Group of Volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that they create a little bit of Magic here in Mountmellick each year. They have given so much to the town, and expect nothing in return. Their success speaks for itself and all of us local residents are hoping that they will continue to grow and evolve as a group and will one day have their very own Yarnbombing Festival right here in Mountmellick, Co Laois...The Yarn Bombing Capital of Ireland!”


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