Galway 2020 will take part in First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival this January, with three county-wide public events taking place as part of the festival.
First Fortnight is an annual nationwide festival aimed at challenging mental health stigma. Now in its ninth year, First Fortnight 2019 will see live music, film, theatre, discussion, sport and arts events staged across Ireland to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems, and challenge prejudice and discrimination.
Galway 2020’s events include:
‘Connecting’ is an interactive workshop where participants will be guided to explore and creatively express the importance of connection within different aspects of mental health. Presented by Galway 2020 in conjunction with Red Door Studios and Ballinasloe Library, ‘Connecting’ will take place on Wednesday 9 January from 11am to 1pm in The Church Gallery in Ballinasloe Library. This workshop for adults will provide the opportunity to interact with others in a fun and supportive space. It’s free, and open to all, but booking is essential. Book your place on Red Door Studio Galway’s Facebook event page.
‘The Face of Mental Health’ is a workshop that will explore the many different faces of mental health, starting with ourselves. Produced by Galway 2020 and Red Door Studios, the workshop will take place on Saturday 12 January from 2pm to 4pm at the Galway 2020 space on 16 Merchant’s Road, Galway City. Throughout the workshop, participants will be guided in a simple drawing exercise followed by a group discussion. This is a great opportunity to have some creative fun and meet others who are interested in how we view and approach mental wellbeing, facilitated by trained art therapists. This workshop is free and open to all, but booking is essential. Book your place on Red Door Studio Galway’s event page for ‘The Face of Mental Health: a workshop with First Fortnight’.
“We share First Fortnight’s aim of challenging mental health stigma and facilitating discussion around mental health issues through arts events. This year, the festival has a fantastic programme of events in Galway and throughout Ireland, and we look forward to building our relationship with First Fortnight through this years’ festival and beyond.”
On Sunday 20 January from 11am to 2pm, Galway 2020 and Galway Community Circus will present ‘Mindfulness Meets Circus’ in St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway City. ‘Mindfulness Meets Circus’ is a unique workshop that will provide participants with an introduction to mindfulness, but with a creative twist – using the tightwire! Join Peter Connolly from Lifestyle Awareness to learn about the benefits and principles of mindfulness. Then have a go putting them into practice learning to walk the tightwire with expert tutors from Galway Community Circus. Discover how mindfulness and wire-walking can help towards a happier, more balanced lifestyle, one step at a time. This workshop is free and open to all, but booking is essential, reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Galway 2020 Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Nollaig McGuinness says the organisation is delighted to be part of First Fortnight 2019. “We share First Fortnight’s aim of challenging mental health stigma and facilitating discussion around mental health issues through arts events. This year, the festival has a fantastic programme of events in Galway and throughout Ireland, and we look forward to building our relationship with First Fortnight through this years’ festival and beyond.”
First Fortnight has become a fixture in the cultural calendar and is now synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. The annual festival has expanded significantly since 2010, and the festival continues to grow, with more than 100 events across 17 counties throughout Ireland this January. Since 2012, First Fortnight also runs the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies, which provides art- psychotherapy and music therapy for adults experiencing homelessness and mental ill-health.
Find out more about First Fortnight on their website.