Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Awards winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

Judging panels in each of the five nations choose a Winner and Runner-up. We ask the public to vote for a People's Choice Award, and the shortlisted groups vote for each other to win the Peer Award for Excellence. We also select a Celebrating Diversity Award winner from the shortlisted groups, and a Local Hero from the location the Awards ceremony is held in.

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards will open for nominations on Monday 11 March. Further information will be available on this page after nominations open.


A Celebration of Humanity

Want to learn more? You can read in depth about the amazing work of some of our Creative Lives Awards winners below, or check out a list of our recent winners here.

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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