Category: People

First Fortnight Arts and Culture Festival – the first two weeks in January

Dear Recovery College Student,
As we come towards the end of our Autumn schedule of programmes I’d like to thank so much for all your time, commitment and energy these past few months.  I hope you’ve found the courses beneficial, and we very much hope to see you all again in the new year.
We’ll be circulating information soon both about our Winter wellbeing day, which will take place in DKIT on Friday January 18th, and also our upcoming Spring Schedule.  In the meantime I wanted to let you know about the First Fortnight European Mental Health, Art and Culture festival 2019, there’s so much to look forward to hear, perhaps a few of you might like to organsie a meet up between yourselves in true student fashion.  For full details please see below:
 
For those of you creatively inclined our friends from First Fortnight, picked out a couple of highlights for you to consider:
Madness, Mental Illness, & Creativity: Writers and Artists in Conversation (€10/ €12)

Three creatives in the fields of writing and visual art, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Sara Baume and Eoghan O’Driscoll, discuss their experience and thinking on the links between creativity and mental illness, and how one impinges on the other in the context of their work practice and disciplines. The conversation facilitated by Claire Hennessy will include but not be limited to topics such as what it means to create art about mental illness, the benefits of art, and the line between the therapeutic and therapy.

Songwriting workshop (free but online registration essential)

Singer songwriters Fiona Hannon (aka Darwin’s Daughter) & Daniel Hertzov come together to help you find the lyrics & melody to express yourself through song. A mix of hands on songwriting and music, the workshop gives you the basics, lets you try it out and gives you practical tips to take away so you can continue at home. Worskhop in English, Russian and Polish.

More information about the festival

 
First Fortnight, Mental Health, Art and Culture Festival is an Irish charity that challenges mental health prejudice through cultural action and the provision of creative therapy to marginalised groups. The organisation was founded in 2009 and has been running a Mental Health and Arts festival each January since 2012. Next year the festival will be taking place from Thurs 3 – Sun 20 Jan 2019 and will be hosting over 150 events in Dublin across 22 counties. This year, the festival will have a special focus on European communities as part of First Fortnight long-standing partnership with NEFELE, the European Festivals Network for Mental Life Enhancement (http://www.nefeleproject.eu/). With this in mind over 15 European countries will be represented in this unique edition of the festival. First Fortnight also runs The Center for Creative Therapies and provides Art Therapies to homeless people who are referred to the organisation: https://www.firstfortnight.ie/what-we-do/creative-therapies
Kindly
John Kelly.
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Festival Crew

The Recovery College is only a great place to be because of the people involved and we have a fantastic crew! It was all hands on deck and what at day the summer festival was.

Hello from Nicole who is on placement with the Recovery College.

Hi, my name is Nicole Kelly and I am working with the Recovery College as part of my third year psychology placement. Working with the recovery college is a great opportunity as it allows me to see first hand how a more holistic approach can be used in order to encourage positive mental health and well-being. During my time at the Recovery College I hope to expand my awareness around mental health by working alongside the Recovery College team and meeting the students, as well as gaining insight into the courses offered by the college and the benefits they offer.
 
All the best,
Nicole

Meet Ger who is on placement from Maynooth University for three months.

Hi there my name is Ger Brady and I am working here at the Recovery College for three months on a placement from Maynooth College. I am in my first year of a Masters in Community and Youth Work and being out on placement is an amazing break from the academic learning and an opportunity to put that learning into practice. I am absolutely delighted to working at the Recovery College as I am passionate about wellness, empowerment and working collaboratively with people and look forward to meeting as many of the students of the Recovery College as possible during my time here, ger.recoverycollege@gmail.com.