Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival shaping-up

The Edinburgh Fringe may have ended for another year but the great entertainment doesn’t stop there with the launch of the Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival just a few weeks away (Friday 28 September).

The annual arts and film extravaganza, on throughout the Lothians in October, will offer over 40 different events ranging from a wellbeing Mela, arts and crafts, theatre, exhibitions, film nights and workshops culminating in a Ceilidh.

Now into its fourth year in Lothian, the national festival aims to challenge perceptions about mental health; make connections between arts, communities, public and voluntary organisations and people who have experienced mental health issues.

Sheena Lowrie, Senior Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lothian, said: “NHS Lothian is proud to be a national partner of the Scottish Mental Health and Arts and Film Festival. The Lothian festival has grown in size and popularity year on year and we have lots of exciting and engaging events planned to promote positive mental health and wellbeing through the arts.

“The festival is a great way for everyone to take a closer look at wellbeing, recovery and challenge the stigma around mental health. There’s something for everyone and I would encourage anyone with an interest in creativity and the arts to come along to one of the events on offer.”

Lee Knifton, Festival Director, Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, said: “The Lothian Festival team have once again produced a vibrant and compelling programme centred around the festival theme of ‘walk in my shoes’. The partnerships with major arts centres and community groups has produced inspiring, affordable events for all ages.”

A full programme of events happening throughout the Lothians in October is available at www.mhfestival.com.


Notes to Editors

  • The arts provide many opportunities to focus on wellbeing, promote recovery and challenge stigma. Working in partnership, NHS Lothian, mental health organisations, local authorities and arts organisations have produced a wide ranging programme of events taking place across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing team has, for the last four years, been both a national partner and a local coordinator of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.