What does a mental health revolution look like? How do we start one? Join us for a day of creative provocations as we create a collective statement and manifesto for social change.
Manifesto - the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival's opening event - is an ambitious, day-long happening that will explore the questions: What does a mental health revolution look like? And how do we start one?
We’ve invited prominent artists and activists to deliver a series of creative provocations. The diverse line-up includes songwriting collective Hen Hoose, socio-political artist Heather Marshall, poet Imogen Stirling and musician Sonia Killmann, writer and performer Skye Loneragan, and art and science collective Traumascapes.
The theme of this year’s Festival – taking place across Scotland from 4 – 22 October 2023 – is ‘revolution’. In the midst of political and economic turbulence, the festival seeks to confront the impact of economic barriers and social inequality on our mental health, and ask ‘how we can do things differently?’.
Join us at Manifesto and together we will create a collective statement and manifesto for social change. Don’t miss this inspiring and thought-provoking day of performances, live music, discussions, film screenings, participatory workshops and more.
Some activities are free and drop-in and don't need to be booked in advance. This includes artist Heather Marshall's interactive session 'She's on the Roof' for which she'll invite audience members to develop a communal installation: a visual Manifesto of Care.
A quiet room will be available throughout the day in case you need to take some time out.
Day Passes for Manifesto are available using ‘pay what you can’ pricing at £5 / £10 / £15 and enable you to book for five events during the day. Each person attending must book their own Day Pass.
Tickets for individual events are now available and cost £3 each. You can book Manifesto's individual events via the below links:
Please book your ticket for our evening event Hen Hoose: Power Up (Wed 4 Oct, 7.30-9.30pm) separately. It costs £5 / £10 / £15, on a 'pay what you can' basis.
To ensure that everyone can access Manifesto, free tickets and passes are also available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also email us if you would like to make a group booking on behalf of an organisation.
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival takes place across Scotland from 4-22 October 2023.
Explore the full programme at mhfestival.com.
SMHAF is led by the Mental Health Foundation and supported by national partners: Creative Scotland, Thrive Edinburgh, Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership, Baring Foundation, See Me, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Scottish Recovery Network.
Image: Heather Marshall (credit Chris Scott)