First Fortnight, a festival to promote awareness for mental health taking place across the first two weeks of January , has announced a strong list of events

The First Fortnight festival has announced a strong line-up of events to take place over the course of the first two weeks of January. The festival unites the arts in a spirit of cordiality to promote awareness for mental health, with live music, spoken-word, theatre, film and visual arts events designed to challenge, intrigue and incite discussion and sensitivity towards a very worthwhile cause.

The events planned will include contemporary British artist Stuart Semple, Irish acts Le Galaxie, We Cut Corners, Roisin O, Kopek as well as acclaimed theatre productions Silent, Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend and Box of Frogs.

Launching the official festival programme, Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates said: “First Fortnight brings to the fore the healing power of creativity and cultural practice. Mental health difficulty is part of life and the Arts, as it does with many other issues, can express all of the complexity involved.”

First Fortnight co-founder and project manager JP Swaine added of the line-up: “We hope people are as thrilled about this year’s line-up of events as we are. We were over-whelmed by the response we received to last January’s festival and believe that the festival helped trigger conversations about mental health problems that might not otherwise have occurred.

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