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 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.

Winners

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. 

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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