Mole Valley Arts Alive 2020

On throughout October, Arts Alive is the biggest festival of its kind in the South East. Now in its 24th year, much-loved journalist Lorraine Kelly CBE is this year’s patron.

Usually called Arts Alive, the festival has been renamed E-Live this year as most events are taking place online. More than 50 events have been lined-up; the majority of which are free to view.

There’s lots on, including poetry readings, Zoom folk, cabaret and lockdown street art in Dorking.

View all the event listings on the official website

As part of the radio station’s support for the festival, Surrey Hills Community Radio has teamed up with the festival committee to bring you five shows (plus the official launch show!) dedicated to the arts in Mole Valley. With your gig guide and exclusive interviews we are getting to know our local arts community really well.

The official launch show with the full interview with Patron of the festival, Lorraine Kelly CBE


First show with interviews from: The Leatherhead Theatre, The Culture Conspiracy, Peter Steadman of Music on Thursdays, Diana Webb from Leaves to a Tree Haiku Group, Dorking Folk Club, Ashtead Choral Society, Walk for Health, and Mark Barnes poet and Arts e-Live committee member


Information and interviews with: David Greenwood of the All Aloud Choir, Darren Cheek of Damn Cheek Productions, Jane Anderson Wood from the Dorking Group of Artists, Soprano Alice Bishop, Riccardo Sanchez of Dorking Unlocked, Arts Society Leatherhead, Julian Gallant PLUS live recordings from The Leatherhead Theatre Fundraiser Performance


Third show packed with chats with: Sara Artist Director of Head 2 Head Sensory Theatre Company, Storyteller Mike Facherty telling stories via the World Storytelling Cafe, Tony Earnshaw from the Mole Valley Poets, the author Joyce Hampton, author and poet Daisy Jackson and a repeat of the Damn Cheek Productions interview