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Getting Creative for Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

As part of the upcoming Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, running from 10-31 October, young people at Kibble are showing off their creative talents to help promote positive mental health and well-being.

In one artistic project, three of our young people are busy crafting a large banner to go on public display at Paisley Gilmour St station. As part of the Paisley Poetry Trail, the banner will be exhibited from Monday 5 October until the end of the month. The theme for this year’s banner is ‘Passionate about Paisley’ and using a variety of mediums and techniques, the young people are creating a banner based on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”. The banner will also feature inspirational words and quotes alongside it and young people from our Safe Centre have helped out by providing words and quotes that inspire them.

As part of the Festival, Kibble is also presenting Kibble Allsorts on Wednesday 7 October at 7pm. This is an evening showcase of live music, dance, film and other surprises. Taking place at Kibble’s Gannochy Trust Centre for Expressive Arts, the evening will have performances from the Kibble Band, poetry reading from the Listen 2 Us Group, and dance from West College Scotland students. All performances will reflect the theme of the evening, emotional wellbeing. Who Cares? Scotland will be offering their support on the evening and be available to talk to anyone interested in finding out more about their organisation.

The Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events. Attended by over 20,000 people, the Festival takes place in venues across Scotland and features; music, film, visual art, theatre, dance and literature. Now in its ninth year, the Festival supports the arts, and challenges preconceived ideas about mental health. It celebrates the artistic achievements of those with experience of mental health, the link between creativity and the mind, and promotes positive mental health and well-being.

Be sure to check out our banner as it sits pride of place at Paisley Gilmour St. Station on Monday 5 October. There will be an official launch on Friday 9 October and a trail on Friday 16 October that will visit all locations with banners in Paisley.

And, for a fun night out that’s guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hands clapping, please also come along to the Kibble Allsorts free concert on Wednesday 7 October at 7pm at Kibble Education and Care Centre, Goudie St Paisley, PA3 2LG. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start. For details, please email laura.cairns@kibble.org. We look forward to welcoming you!

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