The Grey Dog Festival seeks to normalise conversation about mental illness.
Music is often used to communicate feelings and emotions. We all have songs that lift our mood or help us cope in tough situations. Song lyrics and music give a voice to things that people often would not talk about in open conversation. The festival seeks to open up that conversation using music as the catalyst.
Each of the performers at the festival are chosen not just for their musical ability but also their willingness to role model healthy dialogue. They do this by talking to the audience about their own experiences with mental health.
Throughout the day there are a variety of workshops. From Tai Chi to Nutrition for Mental Health, from Yoga to Poetry Writing and many more.
The workshops are designed to give a taster of activities or therapeutic interventions that are beneficial for mental health.
Charities and therapists both big and small are invited to have stalls at the festival.
So you can have a chat and find out information about the charities or therapies that you think might help you..
If you are a charity or therapist interested in having a stall please get in touch.
Last year we had a visit from a minion and a princess. There was a sing along activity and balloon modelling as well as a selection of games to keep the young ones entertained.
This year we aim for more of the same and with some extra games and activities.
Keep checking back for updates!