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First Fortnight 2016

The Mental Health Arts festival returns with a great line-up of events


Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news


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Snooker legend Willie Thorne, broadcasters Eoghan McDermott, John Bowman and Diarmuid Gavin, acting royalty Mary McEvoy, and Olympic star Kenneth Egan are among a number of high profile names set to challenge mental health stigma this January.

Now in its seventh year, First Fortnight 2016 will see live music, film, theatre, discussion and arts events staged to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems, and challenge prejudice and discrimination.

Among the events taking place across Dublin and selected venues nationwide will include Proclamation - a unique evening of talk and music on New Year’s Day in Christ Church Cathedral in partnership with Mental Health Ireland. The event will feature a number of well-known Irish faces, including Diarmuid Gavin, Mary McEvoy, Chris Donoghue and Eoghan McDermott.

The festival will once again be centred around Dublin but will also host dance, theatre and film events in Galway, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork and Kildare.

You can check out the full Programme of Events.

First fortnight image of Dublin with a smiley face

The 2016 First Fortnight festival is partnered by Mental Health Reform; St Patrick’s Mental Health Services; Mental Health Ireland and See Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership.

Another event to watch out for is the debate on January 13th. If Elected, a discussion on what the political parties will do for mental health in this coming election year, will take place in partnership with Mental Health Reform. The debate will see all the major political parties go head-to-head in a public debate chaired by RTE broadcaster, John Bowman.

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Published November 19th, 2015
Last updated June 8th, 2016
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