Epic Awards – could Liverpool be a winner twice in a row?

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Epic Awards celebrate the best community and voluntary cultural projects from each of the UK nations.

Last year’s winner from England was our very own Friends of the Flyover. Rather than see millions wasted on tearing down an ugly, under-used flyover, this innovative group is turning it into a cultural space for everyone to enjoy.

Could Liverpool win again? The Epic Awards is open for nominations:

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

● Groups can nominate themselves online at www.epicawards.co.uk

● 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 community? From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, if you are making a difference to lives in your local areas. The Epic Awards could shine a spotlight on your achievements.

You can nominate your group for an award by filling in the form on www.epicawards.co.uk and put them forward for national recognition and a range of prizes from an award, advice, partnership and performance opportunities.

● Closing date for nominations is 7 December 2015.

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.

So get nominating on www.epicawards.co.uk where you can find further details of all the criteria and how to apply.

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