The 2nd Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival will launch on Wednesday 17th September from 3-5pm in the Canada Room & Council Chamber in the Lanyon Building at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon will open the event which will feature song, poetry and music highlighting the impact of the arts on mental health and creativity.
This year’s Festival Director, Jane Reynolds, herself a mental health practitioner at Holywell Hospital, said:
“I’m very excited to be presenting the line-up for this year’s five-day festival. It is going to be engaging, entertaining and challenging. It is becoming more and more evident that mental health is an issue that concerns us all, so we would encourage people all across Northern Ireland to come and see what the festival has to offer.”
In its first year, NIMHAFF reached over 1500 people and this year’s festival promises to widen its appeal even further – with events from Derry to Dungannon, Newcastle to Newry, with arts on offer from visual arts and photography, poetry and song to psychodrama, music, comedy and film, the festival promises to put transformation on the agenda across NI.
Fresh from their success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, York-based Six Lips Theatre company brings their ground-breaking theatre/dance fusion show, The House of Tragic She, to QUB while, for the first time, simultaneous film screenings of Take Shelter take place in Fermanagh, Dungannon, Newcastle and Belfast.
With potential collaborations with Dublin’s First Fortnight festival, events in kick-boxing clubs, hospitals, cafes and shopping centres, this festival will be one to watch.