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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival launches

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival launched on the 10th October (iStock)
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival launched on the 10th October (iStock)

THE Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival launched on the 10th October, World Mental Health Day. 

The festival will feature new theatre, film, music, comedy, visual art and literary events from artists in Scotland and across the world. All submissions have been inspired by this year’s theme – ‘Reclaim’.

Over 300 events across 17 areas will take place from the 10th to 29th of October 2017.

Highlights include the world premieres of Hysteria! by Julia Taudevin (creator of the acclaimed Blow Off) exploring the impact of sexism on mental health, and One Mississippi by Mariem Omari (If I Had a Girl…), a powerful piece of verbatim theatre about men reclaiming their lives following a moment of crisis.

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Living With The Lights On, RSC actor Mark Lockyer’s acclaimed show about his recovery from a dramatic breakdown has its Scottish premiere, while SMHAF associate artist Emma Jayne Park presents It’s Not Over Yet, a very personal show about living with a cancer diagnosis, which aims to turn people’s homes into intimate performance spaces.

Glasgow’s CCA will be transformed into a hub for film activity from 12–15 October, as the festival screens award winners and special selections from its International Film Competition, alongside masterclasses, discussions and a not-to-be-missed annual awards ceremony on Thursday 12 October.

This year’s festival theme is explored, in particular, in a series of storytelling events in which people reclaim their experiences and share them with others. Beyond the Binary, is an evening of transgender stories from all over the world featuring members of the Adam World Choir (as seen in the National Theatre of Scotland’s recent hit, Adam).

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Gail Aldam, Festival Manager said: “We are delighted to announce our biggest and most ambitious programme yet for the eleventh year of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

“This year’s programme brings together hundreds of artists, activists and organisations to explore the festival theme of reclaim, and in events across Scotland people are reclaiming their experiences, sharing them with others, promoting better understanding and challenging negative perceptions of mental ill health.”

www.mhfestival.com