Awards

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:






Judging

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.

Prizes

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.

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

During the pandemic, the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival reached out to vulnerable elderly groups at risk of isolation. The festival’s volunteer team worked in partnership with care home staff to provide fun and entertainment safely.

Their four virtual variety shows came with a songbook so everyone could sing along. The volunteers devised performances that would engage with audiences by choosing songs, costumes and backdrops they would connect with.

The administrative volunteers ensured audiences had songbooks, instruments and noisemakers to take part, as well as making sure care home staff and carers knew what to expect. Volunteers also ensured money was available for instrument hire, insurance and Zoom licenses.

Following one concert, a carer reported: "It was as if the pandemic wasn't happening - she was happy, engaged and singing along. It made her world better and it made my day better as her carer. Please do more!"

Learn more about the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

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