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Creaking – a work that plays on age, movement and mental health Blog

“The starting point was the question, what age do you feel in your head as opposed to your body?” – writer and theatre performer Noelle Browne on Creaking THIS year’s tremendously successful First Fortnight festival wraps up on January 20 with an immersive piece of theatre, Creaking, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Co Kildare. Creaking was co-created by Oonagh Murphy and writer/performer Noelle Browne,...

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#FiveOnFriday with The Wonder Eye director Alan Gilsenan Blog

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Gilsenan – known for his portraits of Liam Clancy (The Yellow Bittern), Roger Casement, Gore Vidal and more – has turned his lens on groundbreaking doctor Ivor Browne in The Wonder Eye (showing at Irish Film Institute as part of the First Fortnight festival). The now retired Professor Emeritus at UCD and chief Eastern Health Board psychiatrist ruffled a few establishment feathers...

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Mollie Molumby, director of award winning Half Light Blog

“A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light…” So runs the descriptive blurb for Half Light, a theatre piece which runs at First Fortnight for four nights (and one matinee) from January 10-14 at Dublin’s Smock Alley – the piece follows a 10-year-old boy, Robin, who enters the...

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24.11.17 - Dublin: First Fortnight 2017 mental health arts festival programme launch. Pictured are artist Emma Sheridan; First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan; and Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People Helen McEntee in artist Emma Sheridan's studio. First Fortnight 2017 runs from January 1 to 14 aimed at challenging mental health stigma. 
Photo: Kieran Frost Blog

ONE in two people wouldn’t want anyone to know they were experiencing mental health problems, according to a new survey. With the 2017 First Fortnight festival kicking off this New Year’s Day, we have released the findings of our festival audience survey last year which saw 49% of people saying they wouldn’t want anyone to know that they were experiencing mental health problems. The same...

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PHOTO: GracePhotography Blog

PHOTO: GRACEPHOTOGRAPHY BARQ join the music trail at Other Voices in Dingle this weekend and have gotten a great reaction to Bear, their latest single which they kindly issued on Bandcamp for a pay-what-you-want price. I caught up with singer Jess Kavanagh to hear about their music – soaring vocals with edgy guitar sounds or agrosoul, as they’ve dubbed it – and putting herself out there...

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Donate to First Fortnight and receive a free Solus screen print All Posts / Blog

Dublin street artist Solus has generously donated some signed limited edition silk screen prints to us and all you have to do to get one delivered straight to your door is donate €50 or more to First Fortnight. The donations will go towards the running costs of the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies – a centre that provides art therapy to people who are...

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#FiveOnFriday with singer Laoise Blog

“It’s crucial that I have a creative space where I can be impulsive and audacious and I don’t have to answer to anyone” Our FiveOnFriday chat is with Laoise – the young Galway singer has just released You, a beguiling slice of atmospheric electro (to stream/purchase on all platforms, Spotify, iTunes etc). Although it has a dark edge, of her current overall aesthetic, she says...

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#FiveonFriday with radio host Lisa Gernon Blog

Lisa Gernon is a host on Walk in My Shoes Radio,  Ireland’s only all-digital pop-up radio station. The station has been broadcasting live all this week 10th–14th Oct from St Patrick’s University Hospital to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health advocates, celebrity ambassadors and well-known presenters from stations across the country have been presenting shows all week long. Lisa says: “The overall aim of Walk...

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#FiveOnFriday with Calvin Sweeney Blog

On any given day, a cursory glance at the international sections of the newspaper will inevitably reveal a story of Syria. It’s a familiar tale; a war-torn country in the middle east whose citizens seem powerless in deciding their own fate, or that of their homeland. To many of us, though, that’s where the familiarity ends –  an acknowledgement of an ongoing tragedy, but a certain...

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NEFELE Festival- The festival balloon has been launched! Blog / Featured

  “Up with arts!” We are delighted to announce that the NEFELE project, the 1st European Art Festival for Mental Health, launched this weekend over in Athens. The festival runs from 1-16 October 2016 at the Mpouziani Museum, the premises of the School of Fine Arts and open public places in Athens! Sixteen days with Art Exhibitions, Film screenings, Theatrical performances, Photo exhibition, Workshops, Music events and Open...

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