Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival - 7 to 27 May
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) has announced its 12th annual programme – the first to take place during the festival’s new dates, 7-27 May.
SMHAF is an annual, nationwide festival led by the Mental Health Foundation and programmed in partnership with communities and organisations all across Scotland. Since it began in 2007 the festival has been shaped by the voices of people with lived experience of mental health issues.
To mark the Year of Young People – and in light of recent research suggesting that half of adult mental health problems begin in childhood – this year’s SMHAF has the theme of Beginnings, and a special focus on young people’s mental health.
Highlights of SMHAF 2018 include the festival’s biggest theatre programme to date; the launch of I Am, a new book created in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland’s Adam World Choir and Freight Design; the return of the festival’s prestigious International Film Competition; and an ambitious, youthfocused programme supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund and Creative Scotland, which will support and nurture young people from across Scotland to contribute to future festivals as they grow older.