The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2010

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2010

Bill Douglas Trilogy screening and premiere of David Greig’s Monsters in the Hall

If there’s one thing that Scotland has in spades, it’s a proliferation of some mighty fine smaller scale festivals, and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (now in its 4th year) has more than earned the credibility to rub shoulders with some of the cities’ finest. This year’s programme, running from 1–24 Oct, showcases nearly 200 events and sets its stage across the cities, from galleries, cinemas and theatres to pubs, libraries and town halls.

Essentially designed to raise awareness about mental health, 2010 once again invites artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers to make their contribution, in a line-up that includes film screenings of such cult hits as the Bill Douglas Trilogy; a theatre programme boasting the world premiere of David Greig’s Monsters in the Hall; a five-week exhibition of people’s stories about mental health at the Kelvingrove; comedy at the Paisley Arts Centre with Gary Little, Scott Agnew, Susan Calman and Jojo Sutherland; talks with writers Janice Galloway, Bernard MacLaverty and Elizabeth Reeder at the CCA, plus the much-anticipated music strand, Music Like a Vitamin in Edinburgh and Glasgow, featuring two concerts celebrating the launch of a new collaborative album with Idlewild’s Rod Jones, Emma Pollock and friends. Look out for our feature with Jones in the next issue of The List.

Author Janice Galloway said of her contribution and of the festival itself: ‘Mental health is just health, full stop. Awareness of that fact – for everyone, not just the troubled – is priceless. This festival, already going from strength to strength, is for anyone with a mind. It crosses boundaries and art forms and offers a rare and properly open opportunity to dig beneath surfaces, which is exactly its value. Go.’
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