by / January 3rd, 2011 /

First Fortnight: And So I Watch You From Afar, CODES, Dark Room Notes, Le Galaxie @ Button Factory, Dublin

First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health awareness project that happens in the first two weeks of every year. This is our second year of operation having successfully produced First Fortnight 2010. Specifically we are four volunteers who work every spare moment we have to make this project happen because we believe passionately in it. We gain nothing but the satisfaction of knowing we can deliver something that we believe helps to inspire engagement with a crucially important issue.

First Fortnight is a live original music gig preceded by a public mental health symposium in the daytime. This year the event is supporting Amnesty International Ireland’s campaign to challenge mental health prejudice and discrimination. In the process of promoting the gig we aim to create momentum and awareness of the campaign. Promote the gig, promote the issues.

Mental health -prejudice and discrimination can do more lasting harm to people than a period of low mood or self harm. An awareness campaign in the First Fortnight of the year works because we are all a little raw that time of year and more likely to be open to an empathic response. We expect the First Fortnight of every year to be synonymous with mental health awareness and ending discrimination, prejudice and social stigma.

The project utilises the mediums of the arts to create a platform for our partner organisation to get their message heard. We strictly only involve artists producing original work. We embed the link between the creative process and emotional expression in the core features of the project.

The success of the project in its inaugural year was demonstrated in us bringing 500 people together for a live music event and generating national media attention, which included two national broadcasters, one Dublin music broadcaster, 2 national newspapers and one Dublin daily paper. Put simply, it works.

Saturday January 15th 2011

Talk: 1pm – 3pm

Gig: 7:30pm – Late

The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Belfast based four-piece. Instrumental punk-post-rock that will appeal to fans of Red Sparowes, Explosions In The Sky, 65daysofstatic and Isis… read more>>>

Codes are an alternative/electronic quartet from Dublin, Ireland. Expansive yet melodic. Powerful yet delicate, their music colours the void between the ambience and longevity of soundtrack music and the energy and immediacy of live music. read more>>>

Dark Room Notes formed in Galway in 2006. Following the release of their first single Love Like Nicotine in 2007 they won the viewer’s choice poll on RTE TVs ‘Other Voices’. read more>>>

Live battles have taken place at the Bud Rising, Synth Eastwood, London Calling, The Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, supporting the likes of The Whip, New Young Pony Club, The Presets, Fight Like Apes, Brakes, This Will Destroy You… read more>>>