Free events about human rights and health: what we want to see at @declarationfest


We are so excited about Declaration: an arts festival that focuses on human rights and health.

From this Thursday, March 3, until Sunday 6, there will be a series of events looking at the realities of human rights in Scotland. The whole thing takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street and even better, it’s all free.

Some of it looks directly at mental health issues, but looking through the programme, it seems that every event has something to say about mental wellbeing. There’s a photo of a placard on their website that says “equality is the best therapy”. It’s definitely true that there’s a complicated relationship between health, rights and discrimination.

Here are a few highlights. Visit the Declaration website for the full programme and to book your tickets.

  • Right to equality
    March 4, 6pm
    A chance to for a special preview of The Divide: a documentary based on the highly successful book The Spirit Level. The film looks at the lives of seven people trying to make a better life in an unequal society. There will also be a panel discussion, which will include the author of the Spirit Level, Kate Pickering.
  • Right to social security
    March 5, 4pm
    A discussion hosted by Psychologists Against Austerity. This event focuses on the effects of welfare cuts on individuals and our economy and society as a whole.
  • Equality before the law
    March 4, 2pm
    A film from community project “I am me” about disability hate crime; one of Britain’s most under- reported offences. There will be a discussion about hate crime and its impact on health.
  • Right to rest and leisure
    March 6, 8pm
    Poetry, theatre and music looking at the changing world of work and how it is affecting our mental health.

If you go and see anything, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know what you thought.


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