First Fortnight are delighted and proud to be hosting Europe’s Mental Health Arts Festival in January 2019!
From April 30th-June 29th 2018, we will begin accepting submissions from Irish and European based artists working in any medium for the festival which will take place January 2019. These events will take place in several venues across the primary festival hub of Dublin city and throughout the country of Ireland. Artists with an interest in the prejudice, discrimination and stigma connected to mental health are particularly welcome to apply.
The European Festival
First Fortnight is an Irish charity that challenges mental health prejudice through cultural action. First Fortnight also provides creative therapy to marginalised groups.
Since 2009 First Fortnight has produced 7 national mental health arts festivals challenging mental health prejudice and ending stigma.
For decades Ireland has been home to citizens from every corner of Europe who have enriched our society. Our presentation of this festival will provide a platform to embrace the vibrancy of modern Ireland and Europe but also to reflect on the pressures that modern society can place on our mental health, with an emphasis on the European community. We are challenging artists to submit artistically ambitious mental health themed work with an emphasis on multicultural themes and providing voices for the people of Europe.
Accessibility and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of our programming policy as mental health applies to all of us and transcends European borders. We believe this festival will help strengthen the idea of the Irish seeing themselves as European and be a strong reminder of the many opportunities the European Union offers its citizens.
The festival will be held in January 2019 in Dublin & regional venues with satellite events planned throughout the country.
The Festival Submission Process
As part of this process we will be inviting proposals for consideration to the festival programme, which will receive bursaries if selected for inclusion. For more information on the submission call-out and how to submit proposals, please click here.
To be a truly representative European festival, we believe it is vital to have representation and invite involvement from as many European nationalities as possible in this forum.