M7 is currently overseeing the PR Campaign for BEDLAM Festival 2017. Full details were released to the media today.
BEDLAM is aiming to raise awareness and get people thinking and talking about mental health through the arts. The BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival takes place from Tuesday 17–Saturday 28 October 2017 in arts venues and mental health settings across the city. Shaped by people who have experienced mental ill health, the festival celebrates arts and wellbeing.
To mark the third BEDLAM Festival, as well as Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, organisers welcome on board new partners mac Birmingham and Sampad South Asian Arts who have worked with artists to create and present new diverse theatre, dance and visual art.
Helping to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the three week Festival features celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay, performing his one-man play, Something Dark (24 October, mac Birmingham); Kahaani (Story) (27 October, mac Birmingham) will bring to life stories of ageing, loss and friendship; Birmingham actress, Olivia Winteringham looks at love and grief and how the state of our minds can affect how we remember our past in Delightful (26 & 27 October, Birmingham Repertory Theatre). And, a Wellbeing Discovery Day (Sunday 22 October, Birmingham Repertory Theatre) for all ages will offer yoga, meditation, tai chi and a range of mindfulness activities.
Festival organiser, Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said: “Evidence shows that the arts can have a positive impact on wellbeing yet there have been too few opportunities for people affected by mental ill health to engage with the arts. We hope that this festival will change that.”