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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Zero Waste North WestZero Waste North West, an environmental campaigning group founded in 2013, had a big splash moment in 2018 at the Halloween Parade in Derry~Londonderry. Stepping away from their usual positive vision of a zero waste future, they focused on the scary reality of climate chaos. Part-funded by a grant, the group began to build a whale during the Enough Stuff Festival. The completion of the project was funded and supported by the North West Carnival Initiative (NWCI), where participants painted the willow body and filled its belly with collected household waste. During October volunteers worked to complete the whale sculpture, which was paraded on Halloween night in a mock funeral procession by 22 zero wasters aged 1-63. The message reached an audience of up to 30,000 who attended the parade, and the waste was carefully recycled after the festival.


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