First Fortnight, Ireland’s only mental health arts festival, kicks off on New Year’s Day with a special event in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, featuring Diarmuid Gavin, Eoghan McDermott, Mary McEvoy, Chris Donoghue, High Hopes Choir, and more, and runs until January 16. With a wide array of events planned, the launch will mark the start of two weeks of First Fortnight events in Dublin and select venues nationwide. Other musical guests set for performances over the festival period include Jennifer Evans, Anderson, King Kong Company, Spies, We Cut Corners, Saint Sister, State Lights, the High Hopes Choir, Sean ‘Doctor’ Millar and Gavin Glass.
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. Some of the larger events taking place include Inside Out; discussion on sports stars and mental health featuring Willie Thorne, Kenneth Egan, John Leonard & Breifne Earley; the Irish premiere of Gabriel starring Rory Culkin; the European Premiere of Buried Above Ground, a new documentary exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in association with Science Gallery Dublin; comedy from Alison Spittle; award-winning theatre productions Big Bobby, Little Bobby & Overshadowed (in association with BodyWhys); Co-Motion – a musical walking experience; stunning visual arts and dance events; and much, much more.
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