Bridport Mind Fest starts this Thursday


Angie Le Mar comes to Bridport

MINDFEST will be brought to a close on Tuesday evening by the remarkable Angie LeMar, one of Britain’s top comediennes and hailed as “The Queen of Black Comedy.” The multi-award winner’s career achievements have ranged from being the first British performer to storm the legendary Harlem Apollo, to making history in London’s West End with the first ever sell out show by a black comedienne.

As a playwright and actress Angie has had considerable success and, with Funny Black Women On The Edge, sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV appearances  have included the BBC’s The Real McCoy, Channel 4’s Get Up, Stand Up, and Grumpy Old Women.  She presented The Saturday Morning Show on Choice FM, and the Angie Le Mar Show on BBC Radio London. Angie will appear in Bridport Town Hall at 7.00 pm on World Mental Health Day, Angie is donating her services to the Festival completely free of charge.

Come and enjoy her company

Bridport Mind Fest

starts on Thursday 5th October

and runs to Tuesday 10th October,

World Mental Health day


You have done it!

You have raised all the funds we need to make the Festival happen. Thank you for backing the dream. People have been incredibly generous, beyond our wildest hopes. Thank you.

We want to thank Bridport Town Council for giving us the seed corn for kicking the whole thing off. The Bridport Round Table for all our banners. Dorset County Council for funding towards the young people’s elements of the Festival.

Crowdfunding closed last week and we are not asking for any further donations for the year, but if you want to help make next years Festival happen you can still make donations by cheque to Bridport Mind Fest at Aroma Café East Street.

The Programmes are out

The programme is now available at the tourist Information Centre, The Arts Centre and numerous outlets in the town. The Bridport Mind fest is only two weeks away.

The Programme like everything in the Festival is available to everyone by donation. Give as much or as little as you feel you can or nothing at all!

The Mayor of Bridport Anne Rickard

making a donation for her programme

The tickets are available for all events

Please visit The Bridport tourist information Centre for tickets for all the events except those taking place at the Bridport Arts Centre where you will be able to get tickets for events taking place there. See Booking and Ticketing

Logo Competition

Students at the Sir John Colfox Academy did so well with the competition to design a logo for Bridport’s first MINDFEST, that the organisers decided to award seven prizes rather than the planned three. And not only did they end up with a super logo, courtesy of Zac Dixon, but also an excellent poster and programme feature by Alfred Ross, which will also be shown on the MINDFEST’s Crowd Funding page and a whole range of other potential posters from Ellena Musz, Dahlia Twigger, Milla Scott-Buller, Hannah Erasmus and Ellie Wellman.

Head of Art at the Academy, Louise Burgess, was thrilled with the effort her students had made.

“I am so pleased that they embraced this challenge. This competition has provided them with a fantastic opportunity to further their creative and technical skills.  “Enrichment activities’ such as this helps create an understanding of how art and design plays an important part in the local community.  A local project such as ‘Mind Fest’ is a great opportunity for them to get involved in something that many of our students feel strongly about, and which is a very important issue in our society.”

Bridport MINDFEST will run from Thursday 5th through to Tuesday 10th October, which is World Mental Health Day. The organising group of volunteers are planning a varied programme of events and experiences designed, under the heading “Mental Health – Mental Wealth”, to both emphasise the importance of mental health and to celebrate the achievements of those experiencing a period of mental illness. All the schools and both national and local organisations will be involved.

Workshops will include Dance, Puppet-Making, Yoga, Cartoon Drawing, Creative Writing, Photography and Well-being, Mental Health First-aid, with further inputs from Clive Whaley of the Bridport Runners, and Dr Max Mackay-James with a Dialogue on Ageing. There will also be an Art Exhibition, films, a Mood Wall, and a choir performance by children from a number of local schools.

Highlights will be an “in conversation” evening with internationally known human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, talking about the book he is currently writing and its relevance to the Festival, and the appearance of stage, TV and Radio star, “The Queen of Black Comedy” Angie LeMar, who will be bringing the Festival to a close on the evening of 10th October.

A leaflet outlining the festival will shortly be available and from September a full programme from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre.