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. 

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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