The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.


Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre in Chester supports those in recovery from addiction to transform their lives, and to share their recovery journey with the public through dance, performance and creativity.

During the pandemic, volunteers (known as 'Supporting Angels') ensured all members (particularly those in early recovery and those with pre-existing health issues and other vulnerabilities) continued to feel supported. They led an effective 'Telephone Buddy' system to make sure everyone connected with the group received daily supportive phone contact and text messages.

Everyone came together each day on Facebook, sharing inspiring poetry, photography and messages to keep members feeling hopeful and relaxed during this difficult time. Supporting Angels also introduced weekly Zoom sessions during which they co-delivered a range of wellbeing activities, including movement, to combat stress.  

"Our recovery dancers are at the very heart of our work, developing dance skills in our workshops and sharing their stories in research and development. During the pandemic, our Supporting Angels volunteers went above and beyond to keep everyone connected." Claire Morris, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Learn more about Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

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