Liverpool Mental Health Festival Opening Night

We presented our Festival Opening Night on World Mental Health Day,10th October at the Philharmonic Music Room. Compered by avant-garde performance artist, David Hoyle, the packed programme offered the audience a diverse line-up of talent that included music, dance, performance art, spoken word & comedy. Performers included award-winning Bhangra dancers, Nachda Sansar; infectious Congolese music from Kasai Masai; Karen McLeod’s darkly funny alter-ego, Barbara Brownskirt; Bring the Fire Project; Liverpool Comhaltas with the Bolger School of Irish Dancers, Auntie Climax, Mica Millar & writers from the TranScripts project – Stephanie Jane Gray, Garnett Frost & Mina Albanese.

‘Brilliant performances, so well organised, enjoyable music, & I think it’s so important to make people aware of how many people suffer & the effects mental health can have on life.’

‘Amazing programme, thoughtfully created by a wonderful team. It’s so important to discuss issues around mental health so we can all share our experiences & understand each other.’

‘An important & inspiring night! I work in mental health services & it was a tonic! Such a diverse programme – thank you!’

‘Excellently executed opportunity to platform mental health & wellbeing with art as a tool & offering an accessible space to help everyone feel included.’

‘Absolutely fabulous evening from start to finish, filled with love & positivity’

‘It’s great to have so much diverse experience in one room & one event, with a shared vision & objective’

‘A fantastic night – what joy & variety. A gem from start to finish. Thank you!’

‘They say the best things in life are free and tonight the Consortium showed that with its fun filled opening extravaganza at the Phil. Totally blown away by the variety of acts and changing tempo!’