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Just off Camden street beside the Simon Community shop there is a rather beautiful black tiled wall that must be there some time now, in an amazing turn of luck the good people at the charity said it could be used for a piece in conjunction with the FirstFortnight festival as long as it had that something special.


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Beginning to flourish now in Dublin ADW is becoming a household tag on the walls of the city but the work is smarter than the average signature that clutters up the walls driving locals beserk. If you intend to mark the walls say something that makes sense, make me think.


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John Saunders, Director of See Change, First Fortnight’s partners in helping challenge mental health stigma has written a fantastic piece for The Journal. Its title says it all — Mental illness isn’t abnormal — it’s part of being human. Read John’s column here. Come down to the free Soapbox Sessions event on Saturday to hear John, and many more well-known face, speak about mental health and...

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Where: The Button Factory When: Saturday January 14 – 2.30pm How much: FREE!!!!  Ireland needs meaningful discussion on mental health. To start this conversation, we’ve gathered well-known voices from Irish cultural life to share their ideas and bring their personal interpretation of the subject to life through performance, prose, music and all important discussion.


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Choosing to remain completely faceless and unidentifiable, Canvaz is the artist in First Fortnight that we know the least about. He was thinking about the ballerina’s balloon being black initially as a black balloon is known to symbolise depression in dreams. Before he painted this piece in the middle of the night on New Year’s Day he decided to make it red instead. When asked...

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First Fortnight is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John McCarthy, founder of Mad Pride Ireland and inspirational figure in the campaign to end prejudice and discrimination in mental health. Our thoughts are with John’s son Dave and all the family. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed its the only thing that ever has”....

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Ireland’s first mental health arts festival starts its second week this morning with so much still to come. The excellent “Dont be Scared” exhibition continues in Film Base and Dublin Exchange. The Therapy Sessions in the Workman’s Club have been an amazing mix of great poetry, great music and buzzng audiences and the final Therapy Session takes place this Wednesday, so if you have missed...

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Quietly and gently Michael from Lemeh42 who comes from Ancona on the east coast of Italy is drifting around the studio space at the Exchange, beautifully filled with light down in the old part of Temple Bar – in the other rooms people are meeting boisterously, conversing and at the window kids and mothers stare in to see the creations unfold on the walls


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Morgan Of course no better time than New Years Day to spend some time with Morgan, we met up for a quick chat and to literally get me to help him put up his piece for the FirstFortnight fest we are both working on, It’s been a testing year for him so the timing and idea seemed apt, here’s the first of a set of audio and photographs that...

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