“Art should comfort the disturbed 
and disturb the comfortable.”
                                                              - Banksy 

Friends of East End Loonies are proud to invite you to the first ever LOONIES FEST

This is a special event to mark the 10 years anniversary of our collective, taking the chance to celebrate and honouring people's creativity, individuality and lunacy.

An all-day free festival where visual & performing arts, documented mad history and mad culture, will come together under one roof, giving people the opportunity to celebrate & network. With the Loonies Fest we're producing an educational day for the 'normal' crowds, healing/cosy space for the 'lunatics' and especially entertaining times filled with creativity & inspiration for ALL. 


10 am to 10 pm
Saturday 9 September 2017 

 Kingsley Hall 
Powis Rd
 London E3 3HJ


Among other things there will be the art group exhibition "Survivors Stories" specifically dedicated to celebrate the lives and works of those that have lived awful and scary hospital experiences, often left feeling hurt and ashamed by them. Anonymity can be maintained, for those wishing to preserve own privacy. Find here the CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS

Submissions close on 15th August - 5pm

From the souls of Bedlam residents, to those that received lobotomy, leucotomy, ECT, drugged up unconscious, those forced into straitjackets or bed restrains, all the abused and DisableD victims of coercing and traumatising psychiatric experiences, not mentioning worse stuff that might upset some people... This Fest is dedicated to US!!!
(NOT implying that everyone experience these).
We wish to bring a comforting day and heal some of the deep wounds to all these hurting, wounded or damned souls.

The event is open to everyone (not Loonies only!), to free the self from pain & suffering, even if for one day only, gather together to question nØrm@Lity, while having a cup of tea and enjoying some entertainment.
Our inner child is frequently left seeking for an outlet of expression, often drowned by early traumatic life experiences or simply the complication of adults lives.

"It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one" 
- Karl A. Menninger
With the 10 years celebration of our FEEL collective, we'll also remember St Clements Hospital, the old asylum that brought us Loonies together in the first place, once buzzing a few blocks away, shut down a decade ago, turned into luxury flats. 

A parallel will be drawn with San Clemente, the asylum in Venice, Italy, closed by critical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia in 1980.

We'll celebrate the amazing mind of Mary Barnes, that inspired RD Laing and his peers to hold the radical therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall between 1965-70: here Mary turned into an artist and transformed her life.
A little archive will be available to be explored by the curious ones. 

Last but not least the word Loonies needs clarification, as some people still find it to be offensive. This is the way we have been calling ourselves for the past 10 years, not intending to insult ourselves or anyone else, embracing the fact of being vulnerable, mercurial beings, part of a complex Universe.

"Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world" 
- R. D. Laing

On Saturday 9 September 12-3 PM stalls will be available for mental health groups and organisations. We like independent, not-for-profit types; get in touch if you wish to reserve a table, please.

And of course there will be Survivors poetry, music and activities (SU led) to keep people engaged and entertained for an hour or two. Coming along? The event is FREE. Everyone is welcome to attend for as little or as long as wished for. 

We are also looking for stewards, first aiders, crew members for the day with practical experience and initiative, and volunteers.
If wishing to contribute, please get in touch sending further queries and suggestions to nat.kingsleyhall@gmail.com 

Please, join us at LARC on Monday 21 August for the monthly FEEL meeting and final Fest planning.

Watch this space for updates http://bit.ly/2sh1Bbk 
Facebook event page on  http://bit.ly/2vgCeEC

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