We have good news and sad news for MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts this year.
The sad news is that we are postponing festival events that we had planned for 22-28 June 2020. The purpose of the arts festival is to bring people together to enjoy a host of creative activities – but this is not safely possible during the current situation.
The good news is that Arts Council England has pledged £13,000 to fund three MGSO4 festival projects – as and when we are able to safely deliver them. All three elements focus on providing new and exciting artistic opportunities for children, families and young people, working with the borough’s schools and clubs.
Inspired by Journeys
Professionals will work with local children to develop three brand new pieces of work, in dance, music and visual arts, each on the theme of Journeys:
- An innovative dance piece choreographed by the talented Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster in collaboration with Epsom PHAB, a club for young disabled and non-disabled people.
- A brand new ‘cantata’; a musical story for school choirs, composed by acclaimed musician Rob Castell, working with groups of children.
- Puppet-making with award-winning theatre company Long Nose Puppets.
Chair of MGSO4, Maria Reeves, said: “It is a real shame that we can’t hold the festival we had been planning for 2020 but we are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for agreeing to honour the grant that we have been awarded, so that three arts projects can take place at a later date, when everyone involved can safely participate.”
“This is the second successful grant the charity has received from the Arts Council and a real sign of recognition for our vision for the future of creative arts in Epsom & Ewell.”
“Thanks to the Festival’s Development Coordinator Paul O’Mahony, who has worked on putting these projects together, and to Co-op Community Foundation who supported MGSO4 in developing these ideas.”
Let us know what you think
In order for MGSO4 to plan for the future, we would like hear your thoughts on the current situation and how you feel about attending cultural events again at some point. We have partnered with Indigo and will be sharing a national arts survey with everyone on our mailing list who has attended MGSO4 events in the past. To join our mailing list please add your email to the form on our contact page.
In the meantime, MGSO4 Arts will be working with the team at Epsom & Ewell Libraries to develop creative digital activities and content that can be accessed online.
Image by Long Nose Puppets.