A week long festival with arts and music across the city starts on Saturday.
The Open Mind festival has a number of events aimed at helping the mental heath and wellbeing of Preston.
It runs for a week with free events apart from one performance by the One Voice Community Choir which is a ticketed event.
Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nick Pomfret, said: “This is a city that prides itself on diversity and I am so pleased that the return of this festival will give people the opportunity to learn more about issues surrounding mental health and general wellbeing.
“We are all unique and if this festival goes some way to shaping positive attitudes about mental health, then it will have been successful.”
Brian Gumbley, director and founding member of Music and the Mind CIC, said: “Once again, Preston is excelling itself with a week of pure entertainment to suit all tastes. We are highlighting good, local talent – from arts to music, workshops and information stalls – all centred around wellbeing and quality of life activities.
“Until those with power make changes and innovate, it won’t be realised that enhancing peoples’ lives creates less isolation and less anxiety.”
Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are proud to support the aims of the Open Mind Festival. The Trust values the opportunity to work in partnership with the festival organisers to promote the key messages of challenging stigma and discrimination against people with mental health needs. Users of Lancashire Care’s services, their carers and Trust employees will once again be contributing to the growing and diverse festival programme.”
Music events start with Peter Doughterty playing an acoustic set at the Korova arts and cafe bar from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 27 September.
There’s a break for the Sunday and events resume on Monday 29 September with an opening ceremony at the Harris Museum.
It starts at 11.30am and finishes at 1pm, music comes from Section 17 and Guild Lodge. The Mayor of Preston councillor Nick Pomfret will make a speech at 12.15pm.
At the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, on the Monday a dementia information workshop takes place from 2pm to 4pm.
On Tuesday the Travelling Mulberries folk band perform at the Central Methodist Church between 11am and 1pm.
Disability North West run a workshop from 2pm to 4pm in the same venue.
Evening entertainment comes at the Korova arts cafe and bar with their open mic night sessions from 8.30pm.
On Wednesday 1 October the Land Girls of South Ribble entertain at the Methodist Church from 11am to 11.45am with songs from the 1940s. They follow up with a performance of Loose Change from 11.45am to 12.30pm.
Dementia friends takes place from 2pm to 4pm at the same venue, an information session for all concerned with dementia hosted by Veronica Redmond and Lesley Pritchard.
Korova Arts bar has Lexikal, an evening of poetry and spoken word from 8pm organised by Peter Kilgarif.
At the Town Hall there is a mini conference on Mental wellbeing in the workplace from 7pm to 9pm. Speaking at the event include Stewart Lucas, CEO at Lancashire Mind and Malcolm Rae OBE, a mental health nurse.
On Thursday 2 October Frank Flynn and Adam Soar perform at the Central Methodist Church from 11am to 1pm.
This is followed at 2pm by educational workshops run by Comensus UCLan at the same venue.
An evening of creative writing and drama begins at Preston Minster from 5.30pm, organised by Lynn Shorter.
Korova kicks off its comedy nights from 9pm with its comedy evening to enjoy some of the best stand up in the city.
Fridays entertaunment starts with love songs at the Central Methodist church from 11am to 12noon. Bob and Laura are on the mic with Matthew Clare on piano.
Sonny Rae performs from 12.15pm to 1pm at the same venue, a talented guitarist and singer songwriter.
A second part of a dementia workshop takes place from 2pm to 4pm.
The Flag Market has events throughout the weekend and on Friday there will be events from 11am to 1.30pm including open mic and a sponsored trudge from UCLan to the Flag Market.
The One Voice Community Choir are performing at 7.30pm at the Central Methodist Church. Tickets cost £6 or £4 for concessions. You can get tickets from the Visitor Information Centre on Lancaster Road or from the Methodist Church.
Korova hosts a variety night from 8.30pm in aid of mental health wellbeing.
On Saturday 4 October the Flag Market again has events taking place on the Flag Market from 11am.
Events includes blues and jazz from 11am, and African drumming from 12.30pm and then the City of Preston pipes and drums from 2.30pm.
A children’s drama workshop takes place from 12pm to 2pm at Korova.
And the festival closes with a thank you evening at Korova from 8.30pm, Simon Parkinson performs.
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