Flying South is Dublin’s first open mic night centred on the theme of mental health.
Flying South is a community-based event that welcomes all types of performers and forms of expression – including poetry, comedy, drama, performance, story-telling, and song-writing, as well as those who would just like to come along to listen and maybe have a chat!
At each event there are performances by three dynamic feature acts from different genres, with the rest of the time dedicated to open mic performers; anyone who wishes to perform a piece can sign-up on the door on the night. Not all pieces have to strictly be about mental health, but the Flying South space is promoted as one for self-expression and sharing around such difficulties.
Flying South endeavours to create a respectful and nurturing space for all those wishing to share and discuss these issues. Flying South is a strictly alcohol-free space, but a variety of teas, coffees and baked goods are provided for the audience to enjoy at each event.
At each event a list of mental health services is made available for those who might like to avail of them and the organisers are always happy with speak to people who need advice in accessing services, or would just like to talk.
One of Flying South’s regular attendees has the following to say: ‘I strongly recommend this event for anyone. It is an incredible safe space where people can express their own experiences without fear through art, music, poetry or any other mean.It is truly amazing. Just being there can teach you a great deal about mental health. Trust me!’
Flying South is held on the last Friday of every month in Jaja Studios in Stoneybatter. Further information about the monthly events is available on the Flying South Facebook page, and via their Twitter feed. You may also contact them via email.
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