A TOTAL of 65 different arts events have been lined up for the Moray Feelgood Festival next month.
The three-week festival is designed to challenge stigma about mental health.
The launch will be on Saturday, October 7 in and around St Giles Church, right in the centre of Elgin.
There will be live music from ‘The Penguins Tuxedo’ youth samba band and ‘Talking Rhythm’ drummers. Later in the day there will also be taster percussion workshops.
In the church itself, there will be information stalls, both from the health sector and arts professionals, plus snacks.
Vivien Hendry, one the festival’s volunteer team of coordinators, said: "Over the following three weeks there will be art and photography exhibitions and new films showing, plus live music and dance and drama performances.
"There will also be the chance to try out ‘lost arts’ such as artisan breadmaking and ‘new arts’ such as dance-walking on the beach."
The award-winning children’s author Lari Don will travel up from Edinburgh to read from her most recent trilogy of books, ‘Spellchasers’, which are set in Moray, where Lari grew up.
A large number of family-friendly events are also being offered over the October holidays, with lots of creative activities for kids. It is an exciting programme that will help us all to take active steps to develop, support, sustain and celebrate our emotional and creative wellbeing.
This year Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC, a social enterprise run by and for those with experience of challenge in their mental health, takes over coordinating the festival.
Viv said: "With only minimal funding, we owe a massive debt of gratitude to all the participating artists, photographers, musicians, dancers, film makers, the festival co-ordination team, volunteers and the venues."
Bookings are recommended for most events via online at moraywellbeinghub.org.uk
Pick up your festival programme from libraries, GP surgeries and other community venues, or go to the Moray Feelgood Festival 2017 site on Facebook.