Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: Edinburgh

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), led by the Mental Health Foundation, will return from 3-23 May 2021 and explore the theme of 'Normality?'.

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: Edinburgh

About Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: Edinburgh

3rd May 2021 to 23rd May 2021
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Various Locations Edinburgh
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SMHAF 2021 will take place as a live events programme – subject to Covid-19 restrictions – complemented by an online programme to enhance accessibility and reach.

The theme of 'Normality? was chosen based on a widespread desire among our national network of artists, mental health activists and community groups to question the value judgements associated with a word that has appeared frequently in the media in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, Arts Programme Officer at the Mental Health Foundation said:

“The theme of 'Normality?’ was inspired by a wave of media stories referring to ‘the new normal’ or ‘returning to normal’ and a desire to challenge the value judgements often associated with use of this word. What if the ‘old normal’ was damaging your mental health? Or what if being isolated and unable to work was always ‘normal’ to you because of anxiety, illness or disability? A festival exploring 'Normality?' feels like a kind of manifesto, a plea for a new kind of normality that is healthier and fairer.”

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is an internationally-respected annual programme to support the arts, challenge preconceived ideas about mental health, and explore how engagement with the arts can help to prevent mental ill health. Led by the Mental Health Foundation – scheduled to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week – and supported by partner organisations across Scotland, SMHAF is the biggest festival of its kind in the world. Its ground-breaking model – combining high artistic quality with strong grassroots support, community engagement and social activism – has been imitated across Europe. We are currently partnering with mental health festivals in Wales and Northern Ireland, sharing our programming and knowledge, while also supporting new programmes elsewhere.

Find out more at www.mhfestival.com

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