Mole Valley Arts Alive festival 2011 launched by Surrey Life's Nicholas Owen

PUBLISHED: 11:54 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013

Mole Valley Arts Alive festival 2011 launched by Surrey Life's Nicholas Owen

Mole Valley Arts Alive festival 2011 launched by Surrey Life's Nicholas Owen

BBC news presenter Nicholas Owen launched this year's Mole Valley Arts Alive festival at the Menuhin Hall in Stoke d'Abernon.

BBC news presenter Nicholas Owen launched this years Mole Valley Arts Alive festival at the Menuhin Hall in Stoke dAbernon.

The Surrey Life writer is patron of the festival this year, which sees hundreds of events take over the Mole Valley district of Surrey.

Arts Alive 2011 will officially open to the public on Saturday October 1, from 10am until 4pm, with festivities in Dorking and Leatherhead town centres.

For our pick of this years Arts Alive events, pick up Octobers Surrey Life magazine, on sale from Wednesday September 28.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2010

15 reasons to visit the Mole Valley's Arts Alive festival 2010

From open orchestral rehearsals to clog dancing via renowned stand-up comics, the Mole Valley comes to life every October with the popular Arts Alive festival. LAURA MANNING brings you some of the highlights

Join in with the party
The months activities kick off with street parties in Dorking and Leatherhead showcasing local talent throughout Saturday September 25 from 10am to 4pm. The air will be filled with song and dance by groups including the Appalachian Clog Dancers, Bloco Do Sul and singers from the Loud & Proud Community Choir.

Pick up some painting tips
To pass on some artistic inspiration, Dorking Group of Artists will also be setting up their easels in between the choirs and dance groups at the opening festival. Accompanied by stalls, face painting, street entertainers and give-aways, its sure to get you buzzing for the jam-packed October ahead.

Watch iron being cast
The fascinating process of iron pouring is to be brought to life at the Fire and Iron Gallery, Leatherhead, throughout October (Tuesdays to Saturdays) with a first-hand experience of seeing artwork cast in iron during the Pour 2010 event. The show will also feature a range of work made at Kidwelly in Wales by internationally renowned iron founders.

See a landmark play
Discover what would happen if four icons of post-war America Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator McCarthy met in a New York hotel room in 1953 in the classic play Insignificance by Terry Johnson. Performed at the Nomad Theatre, East Horsley, from Tuesday October 5 to Saturday October 9, at 8pm, tickets cost 12 and available from 01483 284747.

Perform with an orchestra
Local musicians will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their melodic skills by joining the Dorking Philharmonia at The Christian Centre, Church Road, on Wednesday October 6, 7.30pm, for an evening read-through of Brahms Serenade in D major and Schumann Symphony No. 4 with the orchestra. Apply by calling 01483 504712.

Brush up on the Bard
Delve into a world of fantasy at the Dorking Halls on Friday October 8, from 10am to 1.30pm, in a beautiful and magical adaptation of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. Brought to life by a host of youth talent, this has been transformed into a modern and musical treat. Tickets start from 10 and are available on 01306 881717.

Try your hand at drawing
Get your creative juices flowing in as part of the nationwide campaign to get everyone drawing. Arts Alive events include the Family Jungle Drawing Workshop at Charlwood Parish Hall on Saturday October 9, 2pm to 4pm, and the National Trust Big Draw on Saturday October 23 at Box Hill Education Room, 11am to 3pm. Tickets for the workshop are 5 and available from 01306 881717.

Join a writers workshop
For bookworms, theres the perfect opportunity to stretch your own writing skills at a workshop lead by authors Irene Black, Jennifer Margrave and Jacquelynn Luben from Guildford book publishing company, Goldenford. Visit the Parish Church Hall, Leatherhead, on Saturday October 9, 2pm to 5pm, to find out more. The cost is 10 and tickets are available on 01372 456778.

Enjoy music by twilight
Enjoy a romantic evening of guitar music by candlelight in an hour-long concert by noted professional guitarist Fiona Harrison and her advanced adult pupils. The twilight performance takes place at the Quaker Meeting House, Dorking, on Saturday October 9, 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Listen to the classics
An explosion of sound will erupt from the performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Ian Brown, at Dorking Halls. The programme, on Saturday October 9, 7.30pm, is set to be filled with beautiful rich melodies and an exuberant rhythmic finale, which concludes with the powerfully romantic Rachmaninov Symphony No.2. Tickets start from 12 and are available on 01306 881717.

Get in the Strictly spirit
A toe-tapping dance workshop with professional contemporary dancers, StopGap Dance Company promises a whole lot of fun at Dorking Halls on Monday October 25 from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets are 5 and available on 01305 881717.

Stand-up and be counted
For a laughter-filled show, dont miss Ardal OHanlons new stand-up comedy at the Dorking Halls on Thursday October 28, 8pm. Best known for his role as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted, he uses a zany and childlike wonder to delve into everyday happenings and all things Irish.

Meet artists in residence
A contemporary art exhibition, specially commissioned by Arts Alive, will be held at St Martins Walk shopping centre. Four Dorking-based artists, Ackroyd & Harvey, Anne Brodie and Amanda Loomes, will be engaging with their local community and environment throughout October, resulting in a new body of work.

Contact the other side
Experience a unique evenings entertainment at Dorking Halls with psychic Sally Morgan on Thursday October 21, 7.30pm. Renowned for her work with the late Princess Diana, her reputed abilities have helped her build a firm reputation with celebrities. Tickets cost 20.50 and are available from 01306 881717.

Be blown away by the finale
The festival closes on Sunday October 31, at 2.30pm, with a brass spectacular featuring Mole Valley Silver Band and Regent Brass. Filled with exciting marches, brass band classics and popular tunes, the finale at Dorking Halls will end with a mass band finale that will see all musicians taking to the stage.

  • Arts Alive 2010 runs from Friday October 1 to Sunday October 31.
    For the full line-up and to get ticket information for any of this years events, visit or contact 01306 879188

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