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Epic Award for England Awarded goes to Huddersfield-Based Grand Northern Ukulele Festival



Grand Ukulele Festival Northern is winning awards!


Congratulations to the team for putting together the Grand Ukulele Festival Northern which takes place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in May.

The festival recently won the Epic Award (see press release) and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (which is like an MBE for voluntary groups).  The festival was also given the Best Ukulele Festival Winner Award.

Congratulations again to all involved, Good Luck with 2019 and perhaps you can come and tell us how it all went at Conference 8-10 November in Stratford upon Avon.


Voluntary Arts sole award for England goes to festival with a difference.


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival has been given the Epic Award from Voluntary Arts. The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities.

With its ambitious programming and acclaimed artists, GNUF has quickly become a “must attend” ukulele event. 

Their 2019 festival features ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and a packed lineup of ukulele superstars from all over the world including: Peter Luongo (Canada), Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel (USA), Rita Braga (Portugal), Findlay Napier (Scotland), Stanley Brinks & Freschard (Belgium/France), Daniel Ward (USA), Dead Mans Uke (England), Bad Mouse Orchestra (Germany) and Heidi Swedberg (USA) at the 7th Annual Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) which takes place throughout Huddersfield on 10-12 May, 2019.

“As a festival run wholly by volunteers, we are chuffed to bits to receive this award. As a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation we are humbled by and proud of the recognition we’ve received” says festival producer and director Mary Agnes Krell. ??

“This is, without a doubt, one of the finest run ukulele festivals in the world and there is a reason why, year after year, the list of performers is outstanding. “?

– George Bartle

Musical Director at Shakespeare’s Globe

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival believes it is essential to create, support and promote events that truly do represent the height of ambition, talent and skill. For their efforts they have been awarded the Epic Award for England from Voluntary Arts, Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award and Best Ukulele Festival in the UKE Magazine Awards

AFO: 6th Mar 2019 12:24:00

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