Category Archives: Festivals Glasgow

Challenge your perceptions about mental health

Today is #worldmentalhealthday. And this month the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) is happening across Scotland – shaking up perceptions and preconceived notions about mental health.

Some of the events you can catch in Glasgow include screenings of See Me I’m A Young Carer  at Café Nemo – created by a group of young carers to share the issues they face on a daily basis. Or check out the French Canadian film Gabrielle at the GFT – an intimate look into William’s Syndrome told through a love story.

Get involved

Check out the The Vacuum Cleaner Presents: The Assessment at the Arches 14-15 October to delve into your own mind to look at common mental health conditions and diagnosis.

Tomorrow - part of SHMAFFI also recommend Vanishing Point’s Tomorrow at the Tramway. I enjoyed this insightful look into the life of George in the grasps of old age and dementia – and his carers.

Their use of realistic latex masks to depict being stuck inside a body that doesn’t match yours anymore is truly brilliant. But it’s only on until tomorrow Saturday 11 October so be quick or you’ll miss it.

SHMAFF is full of films, exhibitions, exchanges, experiences – and importantly lots of questions and answers about mental health. So check it out.

– B

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Silent Sunday – 29 July

Merchant City Festival awaits you…

The Big Man arrives on Ingram Street…

Big Man Walking on Ingram Street, Glasgow…and he brought some colourful friends.

Brazilian parade - Merchant City Festival Markets galore

Markets at Merchant City Festival Interesting quacking characters….

Quacking bankers - Merchant City Festival…and more dancing in the streets

Dancing Fish - Merchant City Festival 2012Enjoy!

Silent Sunday – 24 June

The Hidden Lanes Festival revealed…

It begin to clear and the stalls get busyHooray – it begins to clear! Time to enjoy the many stalls on show

Music at The Hidden Lanes Fest, Glasgow

One of many fantastic musical offerings

Bursting with colour - The Hidden Lanes, Glasgow

Exploring the colourful lanes

The Hidden Lane Tea Room, Glasgow

The Hidden Lanes Tea Room – a reason to come back

Glasgow’s got festivals galore!

The festival calendar for June in Glasgow is heaving.  And whatever you fancy, there’s something for all tastes.

West end wonder 

west-end-festival, Glasgow 2012The West End Festival takes over most of the month (1 – 24 June) with more than 500 events spanning music, comedy, theatre, dance, street parties and even an opportunity to connect with your inner artiste at their fiddle (ukulele, accordion, guitar or accordion) workshop.  We like variety!

Bring your beard

Part of the WEF – but taking on a life of its own, the Chamber Music Project  at Cottiers runs from the 1-22 June.  And even if you’re not a classical music fan, with nearly 30 different concerts  and the potential of free entry for those who can muster a Beard Like Brahms , it’s worth a go.

Celebrate diversity and Glaswegian generosity

King Creosote kicks off Refugee Week's fest in GlasgowRefugee Week Scotland’s  week-long arts and cultural celebrations kicks off next week 18 -24 June.  With over 100 events, many of them free – it’s a great way to support their work helping some of our city’s most vulnerable rebuild new lives in Scotland.

And Mercury Nominated King Creosote is lending his musical genius to their opening gig on the 18 June at the Old Fruitmarket – not to be missed.

All revealed at this one-day celebration 

As the name suggest, The Hidden Lane’s all-day extravaganza  is down a cobbled lane off Argyle Street, though is less and less hidden as it grows in popularity. And just what’s in store on Saturday 23?  A mish-mash of music, creativy, fashion, food, market stalls and the promise of a jazz lounge – new this year.  What’s not to love?

Music not your thing?

If you’re looking for something a little more theoretical rather than theatrical, catch the final days of the Science Festival ending on Sunday. Promising to ‘hand you the keys to the cosmos’, its plethora of events, talks, shows and demos offer a fun way to connect with your inner geek and appease curiosities.  As for any  reluctant Sci-fest goers – there’s even astronomy for beginners.

So get out there and enjoy the best of the fests in this great city.  And watch out for July –  Merchant City Festival is already at the top of our list.

– T