NI Mental Health and Arts Film Festival

Northern Ireland's only arts festival dedicated to issues around mental health returns for a fortnight of discussion, expression and creation

Festival Details


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 to Monday, 29 May 2017

The fourth NI Mental Health and Arts Film Festival programme draws together artistic and social-care strands for a fortnight of discussion, expression and creation, recognising the power of the arts to transform our inner lives and society at large. Highlights include:

• VISUAL ARTS | Time to Change Group Exhibition – Arts & Disability Forum will host this curated by Ciara O’Malley and Hugh O’Donnell. Join us for the lunchtime launch on May 16, an artist conversation on the 25th & Late Night Art on June 1. (May 16 – June 16).

• FILM | Second Chance for Change and Soul Shorts – Two evenings of short films at the QFT by filmmakers from NI and the Netherlands, each giving unique, involving or buoyant perspectives on mental-health issues (May 16 and 18).

• SPOKEN WORD | Red Pill Showcase and Tenx9 Storytelling Night – We partner with two local powerhouses for nights of storytelling, spoken word and music at the Sunflower Pub and Black Box (May 20 and 24).

• POETRY | Shelley Tracey and Geraldine O’Kane and Colin Dardis of Poetry NI lead groundbreaking and compassionate poetry workshops and showcase work by delightful, driven poets at Arts & Disability Forum and EastSide Arts (May 27).

• THEATRE | PLEASE: a premiere performance | Research by Carolyn Blair is the source for a brand-new work of theatre at the Brian Friel Theatre, blending movement and sonic design to illuminate interviews with women who have survived eating disorders. Featuring Leonie McDonagh (Ponydance) with vocals by Mary Jordan and Mary-Frances Doherty, music by Marty Byrne, choreography by Aoife McGrath & dramaturgy by Emily DeDakis (May 29).

The full programme can be viewed below.