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The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2012

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by Lindsay Law (subscribe)
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Walk in My Shoes
One of the largest international arts and social justice festivals in the world, the SMHA and Film Festival offers a programme of events from 1st – 24th October. This festival has been running for 6 years, and this year its theme is "walk in my shoes". This harks back to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of Harper Lee, in which Scout reminisces:

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes."

The events explore this theme across a variety of genres and activities.

The Festival runs across Scotland from 1-24 October, and it has a large programme of events in Edinburgh. I've selected 5 events or activities from the programme to showcase the huge range of interesting and thought-provoking opportunities to explore Mental Health through the arts.

1. Walking in these shoes – free community art display in all libraries across Midlothian.

2. Theseus and the Minotaur: A love story – a theatre performance set to the fiery rhythms of flamenco music and dance. £6/£4 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

3. The Northern Lights Film Project – a free viewing of a documentary exploring the process of film-making, at the Filmhouse.

4. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party – a free multi-art performance of art, drama, dance, live music and complementary therapies. This is a little bit out of town, at The Townhouse in Haddington.

5. Magical Memory Lane – a free guided walk through a labyrinth and wild garden at Lochend House.

Lochend House
A view of Lochend House from within Lochend Park. Source: Wikimedia Commons

A full programme of events is available on the website.
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Phone: 0141 572 0413
Where: Across Edinburgh and the Lothians
Cost: Free - £36, depending on the event.
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