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Launch of Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

 

Lily and Freya Collins launch the 4th Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

TIME TO CHANGE 16-29th May 2017

The Fourth Northern Ireland Mental Health Film and Arts Festival 2017 was recently launched at a gARTen Party at Crescent Gardens, Belfast. The theme for 2017 is ‘Time to Change’

Dr Emily DeDakis Festival Coordinator says:

“This is the fourth year of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Film and Arts Festival. The Festival will run 16th – 29th May 2017 throughout Northern Ireland at 6 separate venues.

Our fourth festival programme draws together artistic and social-care strands for a fortnight of discussion, expression and creation, recognising the power of the arts to transform our inner lives and society at large.

 In 2013, a wide range of individuals from arts, academic, social work, and faith organisations kicked off the very first NI arts festival focussed on mental health issues. The festival team is diverse, cross-community, and cross-sector, providing a really exciting opportunity for people from very different backgrounds and opinions to work together in creating something nationwide from scratch.

From over 100 submissions from artists and community groups from throughout Northern Ireland we have created a very exciting programme.

I hope that the Northern Ireland public can come out to support this exciting and diverse programme.”

Highlights include:

  • VISUAL ARTS | ‘Time to Change’ Group Exhibition – Arts & Disability Forum will host this curated by Ciara O’Malley & Hugh O’Donnell (16th May – 16th June)
  • FILM | Second Chance for Change and Soul Shorts – Two evenings of short films at the QFT by filmmakers from NI and the Netherlands, each giving unique, involving or buoyant perspectives on mental-health issues (16th & 18th May)
  • SPOKEN WORD | Red Pill Showcase and Tenx9 Storytelling Night We partner with two local powerhouses for nights of storytelling, spoken word and music at the Sunflower Pub and Black Box (20th & 24th May)
  • POETRY | Shelley Tracey and Poetry NI lead ground-breaking and compassionate poetry workshops and showcase work by poets at Arts & Disability Forum and EastSide Arts (27th May) 
  • THEATRE | PLEASE: a premiere performance | Research by Carolyn Blair is the source for a brand-new work of theatre at the Brian Friel Theatre, blending movement and sonic design to illuminate interviews with women who have survived eating disorders. Featuring Leonie McDonagh (Ponydance) (29th May)

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

In 2013, a wide range of individuals from arts, academic, social work, and faith organisations kicked off the very first NI arts festival focussed on mental health issues. The festival team is diverse, cross-community, and cross-sector, providing a really exciting opportunity for people from very different backgrounds and opinions to work together in creating something nationwide from scratch.

NIMHAFF exists to:

  • Celebrate and promote mental health
  • Challenge stigma and correct mental-health inequalities in the care system
  • Forge connections between artists, community organisations and the wider public
  • Reach those often missed by both the arts and health-education models
  • Support recovery and wellbeing, and reduce self-stigma via active creativity
  • Create enduring partnerships and projects that stretch beyond each festival

For further information on the festival:

FESTIVAL HUB

Arts & Disability Forum

109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

Gallery opens Tuesday to Friday 11am – 3pm

The NIMHAFF team are grateful for support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, which will springboard this growing festival into the future.

Plans are already afoot for festival #5 in 2018. Get in touch if you’d like to be involved in (or instigate!) future events.

ALL QUERIES TO info@nimhaff.org

 

 

 

 

 

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