THE GREY DOG FESTIVAL
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The Grey Dog Festival
Putting Young Peoples Mental Health Centre Stage
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” Victor Hugo
The Grey Dog Festival is a free entry festival with a difference. Acts performing on the main stage will be specifically selected for not only their musical ability but also the fact they are willing to talk openly to the audience about their own experience of living with mental illness, caring for someone with mental illness or are passionate about challenging the stigma.
The festival incorporates a mixture of music, spoken and workshops
The Grey Dog Trust was set up with the aim of tackling the stigma attached to mental illness and making the conversation about it as natural as talking about physical illness with its focus on young people. Mental illness can be distressing and makes people feel socially isolated. We aim to use the medium of music to open up the conversation and do this in a way that encourages social inclusion.
Many people use music as a coping device when times are hard and when they feel alone, isolated and desperate. The Grey Dog Festival is about taking that individual coping strategy and making it a tool for bringing people together. Talking is the start of understanding you are not alone, that there are people who will listen, and that there is support available.