Epic Awards 2016 are open!

The Epic Awards 2016 are now open for entries! The Epic Awards recognise participation and innovation in creative cultural activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Have you got what it takes to win an Epic Award?

  • UK and Ireland’s premier award for amateur cultural groups, the Epic Awards opens for nominations.

  • Over 60,000 voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible.

  • Groups can nominate themselves online at

  • Closing date for nominations is 7 December 2015.

  • A winner and a runner up will be chosen from England, Northern & Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Once the shortlist is announced there will also be a People’s Choice award voted for by the public, a Peer award in which groups vote for each other and additional awards for excellent work with young people and disabled people.

  • The Epic Awards will be presented at a dinner in Cardiff on 2 April 2016.

  • The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector.

Are you involved in an arts or crafts group that is doing something new and interesting? Have you struck up an interesting collaboration, inspired others or solved a problem in your home town?

From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, over 60,000 amateur arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland are making a difference to lives in their local areas. The Epic Awards shines a spotlight on their achievements.

You can nominate your group or a group in your local area for an award by filling in the form on and put them forward for national recognition and a range of prizes from financial support to advice, partnership and performance opportunities.

Winning groups have usually run initiatives or activities that involve interesting collaborations, or engage with their local community or beyond, undertake creative activity that inspires others or increases participation, or use new ideas in innovative ways.

Find out more.