We are happy to announce the Blue Festival: The Art of Mental Health at BLOC, Arts One, Queen Mary University of London between 25-27 March

Please, register to attend the Festival here: https://bit.ly/BlueFestivalRegistration.

Check the programme and watch this space for new announcements!

Monday, 25th March 2024, Film & Panel Discussion, BLOC Cinema

2:30- 3 pm: Festival Opening  by Paul Heritage (Director, People’s Palace Projects) and Victoria Jane Bird (Professor and Lead, Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Population Health)Opening remarks by Paul Heritage (Professor of English and Drama and director of People’s Palace Projects

3-4:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Remembering, reimagining, and rethinking mental health and wellbeing through the arts with Dr Maria Grazia Turri, Senior Lecturer and Co-director, MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health, Queen Mary University of London, Dr Sylvan Baker, Senior Lecturer, The Royal Central School of English & Drama & Co-founder, The Verbatim Formula and, Dr Maggie Inchley (Co-founder, The Verbatim Formula &  two cared experienced young people 

4:30-5 pm: Afternoon Tea

5- 6:15 pm: Film screening and talk, presented by Marcus Coates, The Directors

6:15-8:15 pm: Film screening and Q&A, presented by Pedro Perez Rothstein, Project Manager, People’s Palace Projects & Teaching Assistant, QMUL

Tuesday, 26th March 2024 – Creative Workshop, Panel Discussion, & Live Performance

2:30- 5 pm (BLOC Black Box): Creative Health Workshop  facilitated by Carly Annable Coop and Maria Askew from Clod Ensemble and Performing Medicine

5- 5:15 pm: Afternoon Tea

5:15- 7:30 pm: Film Screening & Panel Discussion – Women & Mental Health: Representations & Reflections with Kirsty Housley, Director and Michelle Hamilton, Actor, Hope – Clean Break, Constanza Hola, Artistic Director, Mad Women, and Tana Sirois, Writer, Actor & Director, Untethered

7:30-7:45 pm: Drinks and Social

7:45 – 8:30 pm (FADS): Live Performance Tana Sirois one-woman show UnTethered

Wednesday, 27th March 2024 – Theatre Workshop, Panel Discussion & Live Performance

1- 3:30 pm (BLOC Black Box) – Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop –  Rainbow of Desires facilitated by Pedro Perez Rothstein, Theatre-artist & Director, and Project Manager, People’s Palace Projects

3:30- 3:45 pm- Afternoon Tea

3:45- 5 pm (Hitchcock Cinema) – Panel Discussion Young People & Mental Health: Empowering Voices & Creating Flourishing Spaces with Dr Carlos Restrepo, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Tomas Gómez, Alejandro Castillo, and Emily Hunka, Director, Theatre Troupe

6-7 pm (FADS)- Live Performance – Tana Sirois one-woman show UnTethered

7-8 pm: Festival Closing – Drinks & Social