In recognition of World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October, Canary Wharf will be hosting a variety of performances, installations and workshops that delve into the many aspects of mental health. Taking place across Crossrail Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden the series of events include everything from a zine workshop, the opportunity to eat some delicious ice cream while talking about your feelings, watching a theatre performance, and learning a new breathing technique.
mb1 Designs have created an installation to create a lighting environment that assists the user in their breathing techniques for relaxation and stress relief.
Holistica Breathing Circle uses the ‘4-7-8 count’ technique helping to relieve stress; through the changes of ambient light and the gentle movement of light to guide the user with the breathing technique and focus on taking a long, deep breaths in and out.
Join graphic artist The Fandangoe Kid + team for an ice cream and a chat about all things mental health. From pandemic blues to grief wallops to existential crises, the Fandangoe Whip is a place to come and share your experiences, while enjoying an ice cream or two made by East London legends A Portuguese Love Affair. The Fandangoe Kid has also curated a series of events alongside some other amazing artists, check out the full programme here.
Mountain High Valley Low is the story of Josie, a high-flyer at work. Josie’s looking for love but has a secret to hide; she’s affected by bipolar disorder. Her answer is to manage herself and her illness by taking up long-distance cycling and dating, but things may not go totally to plan…
In this 15-minute show by Wishbone Theatre, the audience will ride along with Josie through the English countryside and the landscape of her mind. The show started life as a pop-up in East London cycling cafes, then transferred to the Changing Minds Festival and the WOW Festival at the Southbank Theatre, now finding a home for a 5-day run here in Canary Wharf.
This show has been created through a collaboration with clinicians, careworkers and people affected by bipolar disorder at the South London and Maudsley Trust to dispel the stigma around mental illness and show how a person affected with bipolar can lead a fulfilling life.