June 2018 - Freedom of Mind

We’re excited to announce the first few events that will be taking place at Freedom of Mind Festival 2018! Tickets will be on sale soon, but for now, here’s a little taster for what you can expect between the 8th and 12th of October…


Spoken word night

We’re super excited to collaborate with Raise The Bar to bring you a night of mental health themed spoken word. Raise The Bar put on Bristol’s biggest spoken word poetry events, showcasing the country’s finest performers and hottest new talent, and we can’t wait to work with them again. Our last event with Raise The Bar sold out, so don’t sleep on this one.


Wellbeing walk with dogs

Calling all dog lovers! Come along for a Sunday stroll featuring some furry friends, all in the name of mental health. Enjoy the mood-boosting combo of nature, fresh air and (most importantly) dogs! Starting and ending at Café Retreat, this 2 mile will take you along The Downs in a circular route. The walk is open to everyone, whether or not you own a dog, so take time to paws and unwind.


Music event

Come together and celebrate the vibrant Bristol Music Scene. We’re bringing together a medley of classic Bristol sounds to honour our city’s amazing music culture that brings so many of us joy and freedom. So join us for an uplifting evening of unfettered fun, inclusiveness and festivities, all in the name of wellbeing.


Singing, Drumming and Dance Workshop

Get creative with an evening of singing, drumming and dance workshop. Choose between 3 different activities (singing, drumming or dancing), and become a master in that field as you follow a workshop leader. By the end of the evening, the three different activities will be fused together for one beautiful performance. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or an absolute beginner, come and make something wonderful.  Expect to have a lot of fun, and enjoy the togetherness and expression that singing, drumming and dancing fosters. All abilities are welcome.


Book Signing

Join us at Waterstones for an intimate evening with an award-winning mental health campaigner and author. We’ll delve deep into the topic of mental health with an interview, book signing and panel discussion. In the past, we’ve spoken to critically-acclaimed author Nathan Filer, and this year it’s set to be even bigger and better. We can’t tell you who it is yet, but stay tuned for a big announcement!


That’s all for now! More will be announced soon, and tickets will go on sale closer to the festival. You can keep up to date with all our latest announcements on our social media – follow us on Facebook and Twitter and make sure you click attending on our Facebook Event!

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I first met Ella Marshall in April 2015, at the Folk House Cafe, sat outside in the sun.

Going in I didn’t expect to leave with a new business partner and friend, in fact I don’t think I even realised as I left quite what I had signed up to, but that meeting saw Freedom of Mind take its first steps.

Ella had this idea.

She wanted to move away from the scary, stigmatised and dark conversations around mental health. To make it something accessible to everyone, better understood and something to be proud of and celebrated. Through my own struggles with mental illness I had first hand experience of the problems caused by stigma and discrimination, the lack of education in our society and the damage that was causing individuals.  

If you had told me that day that just over three years later we would be a fully incorporated company, have successfully run two week long festivals attending by hundreds of people, and have almost 30 existing dedicated and hardworking volunteers I wouldn’t have believed you.

We have grown more than I could have ever imagined and achieved huge amounts in a short space of time.

Going into our third festival, happening this year on the 8th – 12th October, we have even more ideas, enthusiasm and passion to make this the best Freedom of Mind Festival yet.

Although already we have a pretty good idea of what events we will be running this year (though sorry, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out exactly what!!) we’re really excited to be expanding on our collaborative efforts, supporting other small groups and organisations to run their own events, and further developing our workshop package. We want to continue growing so that mental health is not just celebrated and talked about for one week of the year, but it is a regular topic in all of our lives and that no one has to feel embarrassed, worried or scared of having those conversations.

Freedom of Mind returns to Bristol for it’s third year from the 8th till the 12th October 2018.

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