WITH people’s concerns about wellbeing arguably at an all-time high, a new two-day festival, Mind Be Kind, will be taking place at Edinburgh’s Princes Street’s Ross Bandstand on 18th and 19th June, focusing on wellbeing.
This new social enterprise, Mind Be Kind, aims to raise awareness of wellbeing and help signpost ways of combating issues such as anxiety and isolation with workshops, stalls, and a concert.
The event also aspires to support and motivate people to access wellbeing information, find more enjoyment and perhaps different more positive ways of coping with challenges, and has something for all ages at this family friendly event. Organisations such as Health in Mind and UpStart Scotland will be there to provide some help and information to support people with wellbeing matters.
Lynne Stanford, fundraising manager, says: “At Health in Mind, we’re excited to be a part of the Mind Be Kind festival. It feels more important than ever to raise awareness of mental health, the things we can all put in place to keep well, and how to access the right services when we need them – and so it’s brilliant of the organisers to be bringing us all together.
“Health in Mind services are free to access across Edinburgh, including our online information resource iThrive that includes a wide range of self-help materials. We look forward to seeing you at the festival.”
Tania Pramschufer, founder member of Mind Be Kind, stresses the importance of care and kindness for oneself and others and noted: “The festival is a chance for people to connect with practitioners, professionals, therapists and learn more about how to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing and ways to cope with anxiety and low mood.
“We believe that Edinburgh is a city of hospitality and friendship and that by organising something with kindness at its heart, will have a positive impact on our community.”
The concert will be hosted by amazing television presenter and Mind Be Kind ambassador, Gail Porter.
Commenting on the new festival, celebrity presenter, Gail Porter, added: ”Being an ambassador for MIND BE KIND is an absolute honour and a pleasure. Kindness is something that should be second nature. Unfortunately, it isn’t on everyone’s agenda these days.
“An event, after all we have been through over the past few years, that is dedicated to kindness… is exactly what we all need. And… it’s in Edinburgh. Could it be anymore perfect?
“Kindness, love, listening, talking, smiling, crying, sharing. It’s not that difficult. I can’t wait to come home. I can’t wait to be involved in such a wonderful event. And I’m more than happy if you want a hug. I do love a hug!”
Gail concluded: “Kindness… it’s very simple. It costs nothing and can change a person’s outlook. Or just give them that hope they need.”
Onstage events also include Laughter Yoga, Yoga with Jen McGregor, Zumba with Nadia Alkoc, Zumba with Ross MacPherson and numerous talks including inspirational speaker Mike Stevenson.
Performances from acts such as amazing newcomer and local act Rane Delyte, Dopesick Fly, The Rouse, Paul McDonald, Supa & Da Kryptonites, Demi McMahon, Tony Wright, and Manchester-based rapper, Conduit.
Edinburgh-based drumming group Pulse of the Place, The Well Happy Band and the amazing Got Soul Choir will also be performing over the two-day festival.
Two local radio stations will be on hand to promote the event, SAM Radio (Scottish Autistic Media Radio) and Mix One radio, who will both be providing DJ’s.
Scran Academy and Punjabi Junction are also going to be there with amazing and delicious food to help refresh everyone’s mind, body, and soul. The Mind Be Kind team is also organising a raffle for people to have a chance at winning prizes.
Notes for editors
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover some of the costs as the Festival is not run for profit but for the benefit of the our community https://www.gofundme.com/f/mind-be-kind-festival
For more information contact Tania Pramschufer Email: email@example.com
Mobile: 07914 254334
Photo caption: Left to right: Tania Pramschufer, Nick Salerno, Olya Arren, Kieron Colville and Frances Durack.
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