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.

Imagine! Belfast

Imagine! Belfast is a grassroots non-profit organisation that runs an annual week-long festival to stimulate fresh ideas on civic activism, culture and politics. It aims to discuss and interrogate issues that are squeezed out of our usual political discourse.

As well as a hugely successful virtual festival of 115 events held in March 2021, which attracted a 133% increase in attendees on the previous year, the festival also included a number of special projects that involved participatory and creative contributions from members of the public.

The projects managed to invite people to look back over the challenges of the previous year, look forward to what kind of future they would hope for and also recognise the potential in the here and now.

"As a special project for the 2021 festival, we invited people to send us their top three proposals for change. We were delighted with the response from the public, with over 300 ideas received, and we’ll be encouraging policymakers to consider these proposals in the years ahead." Peter O'Neill, Imagine! Belfast

Learn more about Imagine! Belfast

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