Arts E-Live 2020 was a Community Arts Festival of 57 events in the fields of music, theatre, poetry, creative writing, children’s events, street art, craft, filmmaking and dance. Funded by Mole Valley District Council, the festival was put together by the Arts Alive committee of volunteers with support from Mole Valley District Council’s Arts Development Officer and with accessibility and inclusivity at its core.
Arts Alive is an annual arts festival running in Mole Valley throughout October each year. In response to Covid-19, the committee re-branded to Arts E-Live, and moved the majority of plans online forcing the organisers to face the technical and digital challenges for the first time and pulling them right out of their comfort zone. Event leaders and audiences were also engaging with some technology for the first time but technical support was offered to all that needed it which enabled more audience and community engagement in the festival than ever before – approximately 7,000 participants from the area got involved over the month.
Here is just a small example of the vast array of events and creative activities that took place online, or socially distanced where possible:
And many many more.
The aim of the festival has always been that no person or group in Mole Valley District should lose their voice during difficult times. In a time of uncertainty and fear for the arts & culture sector, Arts E-live has brought hope to all those involved.