Mental Health Foundation to partner new health and human rights festival


DECLARATION is a brand new festival exploring health and human rights, announced today, on World Human Rights Day. It will take place in Glasgow from 3-6 March, 2016.

The festival will be a mixture of conversation, provocations, performances, and film screenings, and will feature leading writers, performers, campaigners and thinkers from across Scotland and beyond.

Entry to all events will be FREE.

Declaration is programmed by the team behind the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. It is the result of a partnership between NHS Health Scotland, the Mental Health Foundation, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and University of Strathclyde. The full programme will be launched early in 2016.

Cath Denholm, Director of Strategy at NHS Health Scotland said:

"NHS Health Scotland is very happy to support this festival. The right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health for all lies at the heart of what the NHS stands for. We look forward to taking an active role in the festival next March."

Lee Knifton, Head of the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland said:

"We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Health Scotland, The Alliance and the University of Strathclyde to develop an exciting new festival which will explore the notion of health and human rights with the wider public and partners, creating new ideas and energy in this vital area."

Ian Welsh OBE, ALLIANCE Chief Executive said:

"Declaration is an exciting new festival that will highlight the importance of how human rights are an everyday concern for people who live with long term conditions and unpaid carers across Scotland. Making human rights accessible and placing them in situations and contexts we can all recognise strengthens our understanding of what can be done to make sure people claim their right to live well.”

Neil Quinn, Co-Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde’s International Public Policy Institute said:

"We are delighted to be a lead partner in Declaration, which will deliver a stimulating programme of events focused on health and human rights. We are excited about the learning that will emerge from the festival and the potential for it shaping public policy in Scotland."

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