First Fortnight is a mental health arts charity that began as a kitchen conversation 10 years ago and has grown from one event to more than 150 events nationwide. In 2018 over 8,000 people attended First Fortnight festival events nationwide


Actor Emmet Kirwan, screenwriter and playwright Stefanie Preissner, musicians The Academic, Saint Sister and former athlete David Gillick will join artists from across Europe in challenging mental health stigma throughout Ireland this January as part of the First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival 2019.


A first for Ireland, audiences will enjoy mental health-related music, theatre, film and spoken word from 16 nations (Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Greece, Italy and Lithuania) as Europe aims to start 2019 by challenging mental health stigma and using arts events to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems.


First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival will take place Thursday January 1st through January 30th 2019.


The full programme for the festival can be found here. Tickets to the events are available at: www.firstfortnight.ieĀ or by clicking on the logo.

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