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