First Fortnight is Ireland’s Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival, challenging mental health prejudice and stigma through arts and cultural action and programming events that create spaces for unscripted conversations around mental health to happen. In 2021, First Fortnight is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

This special edition of the festival will revisit the past, looking at the changes across the artistic and mental health landscape of Ireland, while also exploring the future and asking how we can collectively continue to push social and creative boundaries.

First Fortnight is currently seeking proposals for the 2021 festival and is open to new fledgling ideas ready to take flight but also supportive of remounting pieces of work/events that have flown with great success in the past. Workshop facilitators are also sought.


  • The submission deadline is 19 April 2020 at 5pm Irish time.
  • Announcements will be made in mid July.
  • The festival launch is the end of November and the festival runs from the 1-17 January 2021.

For details on the submission process and further information see 


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