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.

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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