Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

About Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

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A significant event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, the festival takes a positive stance on mental health, celebrating artistic endeavour by those with experience of mental health issues and connecting audiences to creative and innovative work.

Together with a wide range of mental health organisations, arts bodies, community groups and artists, we aim to challenge stigma and promote social change.

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Upcoming Events at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival International Film Awards

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival International Film Awards

3rd May 2021
National Event

Join SMHAF on 3rd May for a special online event to celebrate the very best submissions to their annual International Film Competition!
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DOCMA

DOCMA

5th May 2021
National Event

Come along to SMHAF 2021's DOCMA Filmmaking Workshop on Zoom where rules will be explained and roles allocated!
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Neighbors

Neighbors

7th May 2021
National Event

As part of SMHAF, the documentary Neighbors, which follows a group of people as they readjust to normality after spending decades in a psychiatric institution, will have it's Scottish premiere.
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Normality I

Normality I

7th May 2021
National Event

These short films being screened as part of SMHAF 2021 explore how our daily lives and mental health are influenced by sexuality, neurodiversity, body image and long-term health conditions.
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Normality II

Normality II

8th May 2021
National Event

By turns experimental, surreal, and uncanny, these international short films, screened as part of SMHAF, how mental ill health and the factors that contribute to it can become normalised in society.
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I’ll Be Your Mirror

I’ll Be Your Mirror

10th May 2021 - 16th May 2021
National Event

As part of SMHAF 2021, filmmaker and artist Johanna Faust goes on a journey to understand her identity as a mother and an artist against a family history of bipolar disorder.
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Screen Test

Screen Test

11th May 2021
National Event

Screen Test, part of SMHAF, is a workshop focusing on interactive exercises for curious creative practitioners, with a view to exploring the future of made-for-screen pieces.
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Nature

Nature

14th May 2021
National Event

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature and SMHAF are marking the occasion with a selection of short films which explore the relationship between nature, mental health and wellbeing!
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Judy Versus Capitalism

Judy Versus Capitalism

14th May 2021
National Event

Don't miss the Scottish premier of Judy Versus Capitalism the lyrical documentary by Mike Hoolboom, recounting radical feminist Judy Rebick's experiences as an activist and living with a divided self.
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Lived Experience

Lived Experience

15th May 2021
National Event

Personal experiences with mental health problems inspired each of these shorts, ranging from animation and experimental film to documentary and drama, part of SMHAF 2021.
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Certified Mail

Certified Mail

17th May 2021 - 23rd May 2021
National Event

Certified Mail, the debut film by Egyptian director Hisham Saqr, is about finding inner strength while living with mental illness, catch the UK Premier as part of SMHAF 2021.
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Take Me Somewhere

Take Me Somewhere

Take Me Somewhere , Various Locations Glasgow

Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow's festival of contemporary international performance, building on the legacy of the Arches arts venue following its closure in 2015.
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Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

, Various Locations Glasgow

Glasgow Science Festival is back with a fresh batch of science-fuelled fun for adults and weans alike. Explore the world through talks, walks, art, film, experiments and even yoga!
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Glasgow Zine Fest

Glasgow Zine Fest

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Glasgow Zine Festival is an annual festival that celebrates self-publishing and Do It Yourself (DIY) ethos!
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Glasgow Cathedral Festival

Glasgow Cathedral Festival

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Don't miss a weekend of music, art, history, exhibitions and more when Glasgow Cathedral Festival returns between 26th and 28th September!
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ParkLives Glasgow

ParkLives Glasgow

, Various Locations Glasgow

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Glasgow Wildfest

Glasgow Wildfest

, Various Locations Glasgow

Now in its fourth year, Glasgow Wildfest, is a whole month of events celebrating Glasgow’s greenspaces!
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Southside Fringe Festival

Southside Fringe Festival

Various locations across the southside , Glasgow South Side

Enjoy a fortnight of music, workshops and events south of the river Clyde when the Southside Fringe Festival returns in May 2020!
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Festival of Museums: Glasgow

Festival of Museums: Glasgow

, Various Locations Glasgow

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Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival , Various Locations Glasgow

The 34th Glasgow Jazz Festival will now be held virtually from 17th to 21st June 2020!
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Aye Write!

Aye Write!

The Mitchell Library North Street, Glasgow City Centre G3 7DN

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