​​​​​​​Festival of Celebration: Autism & Mental Health


Friday, 9 March, 2018

A festival of music and art is being held in the run-up to Autism Awareness Week 2018 - celebrating the artistic achievements of people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues - and the organisations that support them.

The festival will be held in two venues - the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie (Thursday 22 March) and the newly-refurbished Kirkintilloch Town Hall (Friday & Saturday 23 and 24 March).

Each day will include discussions, art exhibitions, live music, music workshops, presentations and feedback sessions, celebrating the importance of art and music in health and well-being.

There will be guest speakers each day, including prominent members of local government, art, dance and music practitioners, and leading academics in the fields of art, health and well-being.

There will be live performance events - including music and dance groups, choirs, art exhibits produced by adults with autism from the local community, exhibition stands, information stands, films and many networking opportunities.

Most people are aware of the benefits of taking part in artistic and musical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Limelight Music, a charity working in this sector, is playing a leading role in developing social innovation through music and, as a key partner in this festival, will be demonstrating its work through presentations, workshops and concerts.

You are invited to get involved and celebrate the work of local artists, performers and musicians.

Jean Campbell, Chief Finance and Resource Officer at East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said, "I hope as many people as possible are able to attend these events and celebrate the wonderful artistic achievements of people with autism, learning disability and mental health issues."

An outline of the key events each day is detailed below.

For more details call George Burt or Ashleigh Grant-Ng on 0141 578 2142.

Below is an outline of each day’s events:

  • Festival Launch, live music and art displays - Thursday 22 March, 5:30pm -7:30pm: Lillie Art Gallery, 71 Station Road, Milngavie, G62 8BZ
  • Presentations, live music, exhibitions, community workshops and networking events - Friday 23 March, 11am – 7:30pm: Kirkintilloch Town Hall, Union Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1DH
  • A full day of concerts and performances by local groups and artists, children’s events and community workshops - Saturday 24 March, 10am – 5pm: Kirkintilloch Town Hall, Union Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1DH.

For more information visit www.limelightmusic.org.uk and www.facebook.com/EDautism

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