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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:


Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.


Winners 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 considerably.

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. 

The Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

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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