Arts Alive 2019 Starts in Style

September 2019

CABAREILIDH!!  (pronounced Cab-a-ray-lee)

This year’s Arts Alive Festival will officially kick off at a fun-packed celebratory event in Leatherhead High Street on Saturday 21st September (the event will be at Dorking in 2020).

The events will take place from 10am to 1pm, and will showcase a diverse range of talented performers, a ceilidh, Bloco doSul and a talented guitarist. Acts will be announced on social media as they are confirmed.

There will also be children’s activities, with balloons and a face painter on hand to transform young revellers.

The event is the perfect way to kick-start the popular festival, which is now in its 24th year. It features a jam-packed line-up of performances and activities taking place at venues across the district from 24th September to 9th November. There will be dance, drama, comedy, painting, pumpkin carving and much more.

The festival is organised by the Arts Alive Committee, a group of volunteers, councillors, and council officers who are passionate about the arts.

The organisers aim to make the festival as accessible as possible, so many events are free or affordable to attend.

Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This is the perfect way to let residents know that the festival has arrived and showcase the extraordinary range of activities in the arts available in the District. Do take a look at the Festival Programme and I am sure you will find several dates to put into your diary. Do make the most of this opportunity!”

Follow @ArtsAliveMV on Twitter and @molevalleyartsalive on Facebook for all the latest news.

The festival programme can be viewed via the link above, at or via one of the 20,000 paper copies circulating around the District from 2nd September.  Pick one up from Mole Valley District Council offices, Dorking Halls, and local shops, libraries and community centres.

There will be a grand finale show at Yehudi Menuhin School on Wednesday 13th November showcasing many of the performers who took part in the festival. More details will be announced soon.