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09 January 2015

UK and Irelandís largest amateur cultural award opens for nominations.

Run by Voluntary Arts, the Epic Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector. The 2015 Epic Awards are now open for entries and groups have until 16 March to nominate themselves.

Last year’s Epic Award winners included a drumming group who came together for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, an arts festival in a remote Scottish village, an Irish poetry group that held sessions in their local park, and a Welsh knitting project that brought their entire community together, from farmers to ferrymen.

Across the UK and Republic of Ireland over 60,000 voluntary arts groups provide regular opportunities for cultural engagement in their local areas - the Epic Awards shine a spotlight on their achievements.

All voluntary-led arts groups are eligible to apply. Entries might include:

  • groups who formed interesting collaborations;
  • projects that engaged with their local community or beyond;
  • creative activity that inspired others or increased participation;
  • groups who used new ideas in innovative ways

The Epic Awards are supported by the Spirit of 2012 Trust and Voluntary Arts also acknowledges funding from Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Northern Ireland. Epic Awards 2015 partners are Arts & Business Cymru, Making Music, Arts Development UK, People’s Voice Media, Audiences NI, Arts and Business NI, Ulster Association of Youth Drama, Dance Resource Base, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Association of Irish Choirs, Association of Irish Festival Events, Sue Isherwood, Rosemary Curtis and BBC Outreach.

Application forms can be downloaded from www.epicawards.co.uk

Closing date for entries: 16 March 2015.