Mind Fest 2018!

Mind Fest 2018 will take place Fri 5th – Weds 10th October 2018

We have a jam packed line up planned for you this year, with 20 workshops, 2 celebrities, discussion cafes, thought provoking performances, exciting art exhibitions, incredible music and of course our dedicated programme especially for young people – all with the aim of supporting and celebrating mental health & wellbeing.

The full line up will be announced later this year, so watch this space and sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with developments.

We want the festival to be accessible to everyone, that’s why we keep entry to all event as ‘by donation’, this means we need to fundraise to make the festival happen –  pledge to support us

Confirmed Events for 2018

Headline Speakers

Bel Mooney – The Advice Columnist for the Daily Mail

“She is a fluent and popular media performer she speaks with honesty and compassion and inspiration about her own life experiences”

Her collection: “Lifelines”- Words to help you through, draws on this experience. Bel believes that the really important thing is writing down your story for her; How do you know what you think until you see what you say?

Dr Jonty Heaversedge – BBC ‘Street Dr’ and co-author of  ‘The Mindful Manifesto’             

“Mental health and the world of work” is the theme he will be focusing on at this years Bridport Mind Fest. He will be offering local businesses the opportunity to think about how they can play a part in supporting our town’s wellbeing.

Performance and the Arts

We want to bring in performers who have their own experiences of an alternative mind. Our confirmed acts include performers and musicians with their own lived experience of mental health issues, celebrating diversity and raising aspirations.

Rob Gee performs Kevin King of Egypt

Escaped psychiatric patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act, and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnation of the pharaoh Ramses 2nd. On his way to Egypt, via the Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to all his plans: Millie. Together they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.


Music from Danny Sumbler

A prolific singer-songwriter with over 300 compositions, Danny is also an author, maker of films and an artist with a large repertoire of evocative paintings and drawings. His work is unique in whatever medium he chooses to express in.  Danny links his own and many other mental health conditions to the ways of the shaman and mystic – by choosing the road of alchemy and preserving an incorruptible mind.

Will Ferris & Naomi

Will Ferris has been active on the folk/acoustic music scene for over 25 years. Whilst never experiencing conventional success as a solo artist, whenever he plays it is always guaranteed to be moving and emotionally charged.

His self-penned and other material that he performs, whether traditional or by other artists such as Nick Drake,touch on the extremes of human experience and often this is linked in with nature and related to environment issues. Much of this music draws on Will’s personal encounters with mental health problems and illustrates how music can act as an outlet for processing the inner landscape and how to move forward in the outer world. He will be performing as part of Mindfest and also facilitating a workshop in song and songwriting as a way of self expression especially with reference to mental health issues.

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We know the earlier we can start supporting and promoting mental wellbeing the better – last year we worked with local primary schools and The Sir John Colfox Academy to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your emotional health; our logo was designed as part of a competition in schools – this year we want to support awareness in schools and offer a platform to our young people to share their thoughts and ideas.

The festival will provide a programme of activity in schools, culminating in performances as part of the festival, and this year we are really excited to be co-producing an event with Bridport Youth Centre;


Young people attending Bridport Youth Centre will take ownership in producing this event.

Dizraeli, is a rapper, poet and musician from Bristol, UK. Although rooted strongly in hip-hop traditions, his work draws inspiration from old folk music, recognising the common ground shared by songs of the people from any point in history.

Dizraeli has performed at the Glastonbury Festival, the Latitude Festival, the Eden Project, and the Royal Festival Hall. He has won both the Farrago UK Slam Championships and the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.


Workshops are key again this year, this year we’re putting a focus on ‘5 Ways to Mental Wellbeing’, we’ve had lots of interest from potential workshop leaders; with your help we’d like to bring the number of workshops to 20 – more than we offered in 2017!

In addition, we’re also asking some of our invited speakers and performers to hold extra special workshops with a focus on sharing their creativity, and mental health in the workplace.