Welcome and opening performances

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1. Welcome and introductions from

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Kamahl Miller and Queenie Chizea, young Londoners and members of the Peer Outreach Team at City Hall

2. World Mental Health Day Festival 2020 video by The Fandangoe Kid

In the run up to this year’s festival, in collaboration with The Fandangoe Kid, we worked with groups of young people to explore how you have been coping. We discussed what community means in the wake of COVID-19 and the BLM movement, and what hopes you have for the future. This video is the coming together of this work, amplifying the voices of those young people involved. This visual art project raises the issues and challenges around the ‘new normal’ – and how we can collectively overcome them.

3. Collection of spoken word, poetry and live music, performed at London’s Young Vic theatre

Kismet Meyon is a female youth advocate and human rights activist. Kismet is a creative with has an interest in theatre and poetry, with a political twist. Born in London but having lived in New York in her earlier years, helped her realise her interest within international relations. Now at 25yrs, after studying at Goldsmiths University of London, she is expanding on her creativity to help further awareness on current adversities young people face all over the world.

Kirk-Ann Roberts is a Carribean-born, London-based theatre director and spoken word artist. A graduate of the Young Vic Directors and Almeida Young Producers programmes she has gone on to work with theatre companies including Talawa, Pleasance and Emergency Exit Arts. Innovation, honesty and inclusivity are at the heart of Kirk-Ann’s work which often focuses on themes of identity and home and always reflects her commitment to championing under-represented voices. She is currently working on her debut as a playwright.

Cyborg City are a soul duo who crossed paths at the Brit school, comprised of Astra with her futuristic, r&b vibes and Melo Renn with his Afro futurism sounds. Together they collaborate to explore current issues and future possibilities, with the aim of promoting positivity, inclusion, unity and self love.

Rakaya Fetuga is a writer, workshop facilitator and events producer from London. Inspired by Black feminist writers and Sufi poets, Rakaya often depicts women of the global majority through an ethereal lens. Rakaya won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2018 and the Spread the Word Poetry Prize in 2017.

Ryan Sinclair is a 26-year-old poet/actor/author from Birmingham who’s work ranges from mental health, relationships and identity themes amongst others. He has performed in many cities including London, Atlanta and Los Angeles and has plans to develop his work further.

Alfie Kingsnorth is a born and bred London based spoken work poet, actor and outreach worker. His works main focus is to highlight the stories and journeys of others. With most of his acting work centering around topics that greatly affect the unheard – mental health (Casualty/BBC Short “Is this thing on?”), Homelessness (Hollyoaks). Born and raised in Wapping, the old East End Docks, Alfie takes inspiration from all that is around him in this radically changing London.

Sandra Nakigagga also known as AKIKI. I am a poet, a writer and actor. I find my inspiration from life and I feel like being a black, female Ugandan has influenced my creative style and process. I create art to navigate life, to express my feelings, make sense of myself and the world around me. I specialize in writing, poetry and acting and how I can express myself in that. I also enjoy dance. I hope when people see my work they feel uplifted, free and good about themselves. I am hugely inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou and I find her works empowering, inspiring and raw. My style is authentic. I have performed at the Roundhouse, Ovalhouse, City Hall, National Theatre and festivals including Bestival, Lovebox and BIG festival.

Marketplace

Below is our virtual marketplace. Our festival partners have put together some helpful resources and content for you to mark World Mental Health Day. Please take some time to explore their pages by clicking on the logos below.

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