Image shown: Can I Start Again Please? Photo credit: Matthew Andrews.

Changing Minds is a weekend arts and mental health festival at the Southbank Centre in London, taking place from 6-7 February 2016. The festival includes talks, debates and performances with a number of free events.

Can I Start Again Please? is a meditative performance investigating childhood trauma and, ultimately, how we might find techniques to cope. Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

The Arts Pharmacy invites you to share whatever ails you, however big or small, with one of their expert ‘Arts Doctors’ and receive your very own arts prescription.

Punk-poetry musical My Beautiful Black Dog by poet Brigitte Aphrodite challenges the stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership of their own black dogs – using wild dances moves, swaggering costumes and banging tunes.

Aurora Orchestra invites audiences to take a journey in musical memory. For this special collaborative concert, Grand Memory Master Ed Cooke applies his playful and imaginative ‘memory palace’ techniques – which he uses to improve memory retention – to Mozart’s 40th symphony. Illuminating the genius and drama of Mozart’s writing, he also invites audience members to astonish themselves with the power of their own memories.

Join in yoga or singing, read a book from the festival library or take a moment to be mindful at The Mind Spacecurated in partnership with The Dragon Cafe, a creative project based in Southwark which offers a range of free artistic and wellbeing activities for everyone.

Much more besides!


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