Many people use music as a coping device when times are hard and they feel alone, isolated and desperate. The Grey Dog Festival is about taking that individual coping strategy and making it a tool for bringing people together. Talking is the start of understanding you are not alone, that there are people who will listen, and that there is support available.
The Grey Dog Festival Putting Young Peoples Mental Health Centre Stage
The Grey Dog Festival is a free entry festival with a difference. Acts performing on the main stage will be specifically selected for not only their musical ability but also the fact they are willing to talk openly to the audience about their own experience of living with mental illness, caring for someone with mental illness or are passionate about challenging the stigma.
The festival incorporates a mixture of music, spoken word and workshops The Grey Dog Trust was set up with the aim of tackling the stigma attached to mental illness and making the conversation about it as natural as talking about physical illness with its focus on young people. Mental illness can be distressing and makes people feel socially isolated.
We aim to use the medium of music to open up the conversation and do this in a way that encourages social inclusion.
Across two stages we have over 30 acts playing a full range of music Genres. From gentle acoustic to full on gypsy punk, From folk to hip hop. as well as spoke word performers.
Indulge in your favourite style or discover something new.
In addition to the music we have a selection of workshops throughout the day.
Poetry Prescribed will be running a poetry writing workshop with an opportunity to perform your work at the Mind Over Matter open mic.
There will also be African Drumming , Yoga, Mindfulness and Resilience workshops to try and learn new skills.
We haven't forgotten the kids. As well as being able to experience a range of music there will be activities for kids to enjoy including face painting, balloon modelling and maybe even a couple of their favourite characters dropping in to say hello and have their photo taken,
If there are any companies or individuals that would like to discuss sponsorship please also contact us using the form above.