Friday 12th October: Feel Good Friday at Bluecoat (9.00am – 5.00pm)
Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Join Liverpool Mental Health Consortium at Bluecoat for a Fabulous Feelgood Friday

  • Improve your wellbeing with taster sessions, including yoga, capoeira, drama, art, music,  magic, and much, much more
  • Chat to local support organisations – for information, advice and signposting
  • Play games
  • Enjoy stunning acts from local bands and performers

And, it’s all FREE!

Feelgood Friday Poster

Performance and Participation: Front Courtyard

10.00am:  BuskWithUs Band

11.15am:  The Strumbrellas

12.00noon: Capoeira for All

1.15pm: Thom Morecroft

2.00pm:  Movema

3.15pm: Mersey Belles

4.15pm: Nick Ellis

5.00pm: Vocality

Workshops: Garden Room

9.00am: Yoga (Saeed Olayiwola)

10.15am: Relaxation Techniques (Star Webb)

11.30am: Drama (Abi Horsfield)

12.45pm: Magic for Beginners (John Holt)

2.00pm: Automatic Expression – Art Responds to Art (BuskWithUs)

3.15pm: Singing (Mersey Wylie)

4.30pm: String Theory – An Introduction to Performance-Making for the Street (Brendan Curtis-Burton)

Stalls: Sandon Room

  • Adult Learning Service
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership
  • Citizens Advice Liverpool
  • Healthwatch Liverpool
  • Mary Seacole House
  • PSS Wellbeing Centres
  • Richmond Fellowship Time Bank
  • Sahir House
  • Talk Liverpool
  • Women’s Health Information and Support Centre (WHISC)
  • Working Conversations

Tom Rae Smith: The Depressed Artist Support Bureau
The Depressed Artists’ Support Bureau is a live art performance which will be part of DaDaFest 2018. In partnership with DaFaFest, it is making a guest appearance at Liverpool Mental Health Festival. It attempts to imagine what support for depressed artists might look like: offering peer support, practical guidance, and someone else to believe in you.

Further details on performers and workshops:

BuskWithUs Band
Ever felt envious whilst watching musicians perform? Ever thought – ‘I’d love to do that, but I’m too nervous, or not talented enough’? BuskWithUs Band create unique interactive performances that gently encourage the crowd to participate spontaneously, lower their guard, and bang to the rhythm of their own drum. Group jams like these aid social connection and integration, and boost happiness and creativity. BuskWithUs Band carry this torch to ensure that musical communication is not a forgotten language lost to an epoch before iPhones and Instagram.

The Strumbrellas
The Strumbrellas formed in the summer of 2017 following a ukulele course at PSS Umbrella Wellbeing Centre. They’re a collective of musicians with varying levels of skill and experience, playing an eclectic mix of folk and popular tunes. They may be rough around the edges, but their toe-tapping, hand-clapping quirkiness lifts the spirits and raises a smile.

Capoeira for All
Capoeira is a fun and accessible art form from Brazil that incorporates music, martial arts and dance. Practised in over 160 countries across the world, capoeira has proven benefits for health, wellbeing, self-confidence, communication and coordination. Capoeira for All C.I.C. will demonstrate this amazing art form and run a workshop introducing the main elements of movement, percussion and singing.

Thom Morecroft
Played on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson, and described by ex-editor of NME, Q, Mojo and Word, Paul Du Noyer, as ‘cheering and addictive’, Thom Morecroft is a British singer-songwriter from Shrewsbury who has made Liverpool his home.

Experience the pure joy of Bollywood Dance! Movema brings you a vibrant Bollywood duet performance fusing Indian classical and folk dances, street dance and more. Discover your inner Bollywood Diva or Hero as you learn some steps with our expert dancers in a taster workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities. Let loose, learn something new, have fun and feel good!

Mersey Belles
The Mersey Belles are cousins, Nancy and Pearl, who take you on a trip down memory lane. They infuse the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics, from the ‘20s right up to the ‘50s, while making songs from the 21st century sound even better than they do on the wireless radio!

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old-fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”

Vocality are a community a cappella choir that sing a diverse range of songs from artists including Michael Jackson, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Tom Waits with a bit of Etta James too. They are slowly gaining a brilliant reputation in the city for their lovely vibe and beautiful harmonies.

Also featuring:

  • Baby Book Club (10.00am – 11.00am)
  • Kaleidoscope Open Studio (2.00pm – 4.00pm)
  • Caricatures from Comics Youth (11.00am – 3.00pm)

Yoga (Saeed Olayiwola)
Yoga is one of the best ways to learn to relax, a key tool we can employ to manage our, at times, stressful lifestyles. In this session we will move through yoga’s rewarding asanas (poses) and experience the relaxing benefit of the breath.

Relaxation Techniques (Star Webb)
Sit and enjoy relaxation techniques through breath, sound and visualisation.

Drama (Abi Horsfield)
Happiness is a political statement in these times of austerity. Find your happiness! Explore what makes you happy in a creative drama workshop.

Magic for Beginners (John Holt)
Magic for beginners is a crash course in how to create and perform amazing card tricks – ones that will fool your family and friends – with ANY deck of cards, at ANY time. No special cards, sleight of hand or trapdoors needed. Just principles and techniques that you can use to create your own amazing card tricks. A great way to help build confidence and increase your creativity!

Automatic Expression: Art Responds to Art (Haajrah Zaheer)
Creativity – The form of self-expression needed to detach ourselves from daily mind traffic constricting our imagination. Immerse yourself in art forms – music, singing, verbal catharsis, light art, poetry – as you paint. Separate yourself from your busy mind. Return to the instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, and free flow of creativity. There are no rules:
• Pick a surface, find a space that intrigues you, allow yourself to absorb it.
• Let your eyes guide you to your desired medium; be empathetic to the atmosphere.
• Turn off your mind, feel what you’re feeling; create whatever your senses lead you to!
• Move freely around the space, document the change and flow of emotions, change your media as desired. Be intuitive, create, there’s nothing stopping you!

Singing (Mersey Wylie)
Join Mersey Wylie as she leads a 45-minute session of joyful group singing, for all abilities! It has been proven time and time again how good singing is for general wellbeing and good mental health and this workshop will be firmly focused on having fun in a friendly and relaxed environment. We will explore singing in harmony through well-known songs as well as rounds and chants from across the world.

‘String Theory: An Introduction to Performance-Making for the Street’ (Brendan Curtis-Burton)
In this 45-minute workshop, we will work collaboratively to create a piece of performance art for the street. Taking the collective exploration of materials, vulnerability and people as performance as our starting point, we will use trust exercises, games, partner work and play to develop a short, improvised group performance in and around Bluecoat.