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Acts wanted for mental health arts festival, Fluid Motion Theatre Company

  • South East, UK wide
  • combined arts, dance, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Leigh Johnstone


Artists from the worlds of poetry, music, theatre and dance, who produce work related to mental health, are invited to perform at the All in the Mind festival. 

The festival aims to shine a light on mental health and usually takes place in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in September. Due to the coronavirus, festival director Leigh Johnstone from Fluid Motion Theatre Company, has decided to take the festival digital instead of cancelling it.

From 12noon today (Wednesday 20 May 2020) artist are able to apply for the open call for the festival at

Those wishing to take part in the festival need to produce work which can be tailored to be viewed digitally. Support and guidance will be available from Hotshot Creative Agency,who are building the bespoke streaming platform that will enable multiple live acts to take place at the same time, allowing visitors to go from stage to stage in real time. Successful artists will be paid a fee for their involvement in the festival.

The first All in the Mind festival took place in 2016 with 79 visitors and over the year’s audiences have grown. Last year’s festival was attended by more than 1500 people and Leigh was determined for the event to take place this year, despite the current global pandemic. 

He said: “We would like to hear from any performing artists, creating mental health-themed work, who are interested in taking part in this year’s event. 

“I am really excited about the digital platform, which is being created especially for us, so we don’t have to postpone the event. We have invested in some new equipment that will be available to our performers and support and guidance about adapting your act for a digital platform will also be available. The festival is committed to paying artists fairly and properly and in the current climate it is more important than ever before to ensure that artists are supported to create and make the work that they do.”

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