Creative groups face public vote

Creative arts

The Epic Awards take place later this year, with several Scottish groups amongst those who have been recognised

23rd July 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Five inspirational Scottish groups are looking for votes from the public.

Started in 2010, the Epic Awards shine a light on the achievements of volunteer-led creative groups across the UK and Ireland, aiming to inspire others to get involved and participate in creative activities. 

The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts, who support and promote participation in creative, cultural activities. In previous years, winning or being shortlisted for an Epic Award has been a real boost for groups, who found their profile raised locally and nationally and that it helped with future fundraising efforts.

The 2019 national winner and runner-up for Scotland will be selected by a panel of judges, while the People’s Choice Award will be chosen by members of the public, who can vote online until the poll closes at the end of September.

Winners from across the UK and Ireland will attend a special ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday 3 October.

This year’s Scotland shortlist features: 24 Carat Gold – a dance group for over-60s in Edinburgh; Kirrie Connections – a cultural hub in Angus people with dementia and their families; Left Behind Productions – a theatre company in Kirkcaldy highlighting the trauma of domestic abuse; Musicians in Exile – a Glasgow-based music ensemble for refugees and asylum seekers; and Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre – a Glasgow kite festival that brings diverse communities together.

Jemma Neville, Voluntary Arts Scotland director, said: “Our judging panel really enjoyed being introduced to new groups. We now have five very different creative groups on the shortlist that are all truly community-led. I can’t wait to meet the winners at this year’s celebration on 3 October.”