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SMHAFF: Moving Minds at Kelvingrove

By on September 29, 2014

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be taken over for a day of celebration on Wednesday (Oct 1) when Moving Minds marks the start of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

The much-loved building will be transformed into a Tai Chi studio, hip hop venue and fashion show as the festival celebrates diversity in Glasgow’s community.

In partnership with VoX Scotland, SMHAFF will present a day of music, theatre, film screenings and workshops to open what has become one of the largest social justice festivals in the world.

There will be a number of film screenings, including the opportunity to speak to original Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin following a special screening of Glasgow Girls; a BBC drama based on the true-life story of a group of school girls who changed the legal system while rescuing a friend caught in an immigration nightmare.

Emma Jayne Park will present excerpts from Status Anxiety & Thinking in the First Person; a physical, witty, entertaining hip hop performance exploring who we become when hidden behind a computer screen.

Maryhill Integration Network will set up a runway down the middle of the main hall for a fashion and dance show, where traditional Eastern and Western fashion will come together in a fusion of colour, and the Ho Wo Tai Chi Association willpresent a Fan Dance before running an open Tai Chi workshop.

There will also be a performance from Maryhill Integration Network’s all-female Joyous Choir, song from Malawi, and various writing, storytelling, music and arts workshops throughout the day.

Festival Director Lee Knifton said: “Our festival was founded upon the belief that arts and film have the power to raise awareness of social injustice and to stimulate change. The result is a compelling programme which we hope will challenge, inspire and entertain.”

The Moving Minds event will be followed by the Festival’s opening party at Sparkle Horse featuring a music selection exploring the theme of power selected by BMX Bandit’s Duglas T Stewart and live performances from Shambles Miller and Adam Ross (Randolph’s Leap).

Now in its eighth year, the festival has more than 300 events staged across Scotland, which will explore the theme of power. The theatre, film, literature and music programmes will explore the nature of personal, political and social power as well as the disempowerment associated with mental ill health and the empowerment gained through the arts.

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