EPIC awards launched at the VAC

The EPIC Awards of open to any art form.
The EPIC Awards of open to any art form.

Voluntary Arts, which is based at the Verbal Arts Centre, has launched the nomination process for this year’s Epic Awards.

The awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector. Nominations are now open for entries and groups have until March 16 to get involved.

Last year the Epic Award runners-up were Londonderry group Foyle Haven Art, a creative writing project that gave the homeless and those struggling with addiction a voice in print and on stage.

The Haven is a centre for former and active street drinkers, people with drug and alcohol abuse issues, the homeless, travellers, ex-prisoners and people with mental health issues for whom ‘community care’ is not working.

Last year’s winner was Athlone based group Poetry In the Park, whose members took poetry recitals outside and encouraged people of all ages to enjoy the spoken word in natural surroundings.

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.

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

The closing date for entries is March 16.