MGSO4 formally launched the new three-day arts festival this week at a busy launch party.
Local artists, musicians, authors, actors, dancers and creative professionals turned out to celebrate alongside sponsors and supporters at Ewell Castle School, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell.
Chair and Festival Director Sarah Dewing told guests:
“As an artist myself, I am very proud to be involved with this ambitious venture, which has evolved out of a collective desire to elevate and celebrate the status of the arts in Epsom and Ewell. The name for the festival symbolises our intention to make Epsom a creative hub once again, and celebrate the unique character of our town.”
Sarah highlighted some of the fantastic collaborations the festival has inspired, including the creation of an 8ft model of the clocktower, built by residents of care homes including Appleby House, side by side with children from Epsom Primary School.
In his speech, Mayor George Crawford praised MGSO4 for being proactive in launching an inclusive festival that the whole community could enjoy, and for their significant contribution as volunteers to the cultural life of the borough.
More than 60 events and performances will take place between 24-26 June, at locations across the borough, including live music, theatre, dance, art exhibitions and literary events.
A host of high-profile names are appearing at festival, including pianist Nicholas McCarthy, West-end lead Oliver Tompsett, no 1 hit artist Donna Lewis and the acclaimed novelist and playwright Michael Frayn, who grew up in Ewell.
Local arts organisations including University for the Creative Arts, Laine Theatre Arts and Realistic Music Academy are all participating, as well as all schools in the borough.
To find out what’s on and book tickets, visit the festival website: mgso4festival.org
Photograph: Sarah Dewing by DJ Kobbie 2016