The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.

The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland from 3-26 May 2019, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

By engaging with artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, we celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Launched in 2007, SMHAFF has grown into one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, with over 300 events and 25,000 attendees across Scotland each year. Its innovative approach, combining high quality artistic events with community led programming and a social justice agenda, has been replicated internationally.

Led by the Mental Health Foundation, it has since expanded its arts activity into a year round programme, branded Mental Health Arts. This programme is supported by See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma, and open funding from Creative Scotland.

Heavy Sound are contributing to this years Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival by running a small and intimate music making workshop at our studio in Tranent. Heavy Sound Connected is an innovative hip hop project exploring expression through songwriting, live DJing and production sessions. It aims to help people who have experience of the care system and living with mental health stay connected through music.