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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Invitation from the College President Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRCPsych to ‘Medfest 2017,’ an International Medical Film Festival, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dear Colleague,

‘Medfest 2017’ at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

7.00pm Tuesday 30 May 2017

As President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, I am delighted to invite you to ‘Medfest 2017’, an international medical film festival held at the Royal College of Psychiatrist on Tuesday 30 May 2017. This will be the closing event of the festival.

Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at thomas.kennedy@rcpsych.ac.uk by Monday 29 May 2017.

Medfest aims to promote and discuss topics relevant to mental healthcare professionals. We hope to raise the profile of mental health issues and inspire people through the medium of film.

During the event a selection of short film clips will be shown and discussed by a panel of eminent speakers before the floor is opened to the audience for comments and questions.

The theme this year is ‘life and death’ and will explore issues such as dealing with the deaths of our patients, facing our own mortality and pushing the limits of the human lifespan towards the possibility of immortality. For further information please visit the website:

Registration will be from 6:30 pm for a prompt 7:00 pm start. Following the event, from 9 -10pm, there will be a drinks reception with canapes, giving you the opportunity to continue with the stimulating discussion that we hope the evening will create.

We are also hosting an art exhibition on the night of the event that complements our theme of reflecting on life and death. Further details of this are available below.

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at thomas.kennedy@rcpsych.ac.uk by Monday 29 May 2017.

I hope you will be able to join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking evening. 

Yours sincerely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRCPsych

President

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

P.S.  Places are limited, so please do respond as soon as possible.

 

Medfest 2017 Art Exhibition

About the artist

Emma Miriam Berentsen (NL, 1987) is London-based performance artist. Most of her work is based on (auto) biographical material and the transformation of this material into diverse forms of theatre, performances and installations. She is interested in working on the edge of non-fiction and fiction and the boundaries of the medium of theatre. In her work, she is always trying to build a connection between the art, artist and the audience. In her previous work, she has been working around conversation as a performative tool to talk about subjects we normally avoid talking about. She previously presented work at several festivals and venues such as Venice Biennale (IT) Over ‘t IJ Festival, Amsterdam (NL), GIFT Festival, Gateshead (UK), ACT Festival, Bilbao (SP) The Nursery Festival, London (UK), ArtsAdmin, London (UK) Frascati, Amsterdam (NL), Theatre Delicatessen, London (UK) and Marieta, Sao Paulo (BR).


About the exhibition

For her work Let's talk about death, stranger (2016) she asked 'strangers' over the course of one month to write or draw about death, dying and mortality in her Sketchbook. Some encounters were short and to the point - other's lasted longer and ended in intriguing talks with people Emma never had met before. Let's talk about death, stranger is the tangible and visible collection of a performative project created by Emma to get to know the stories behind the strangers we meet on the street, on the bus or elsewhere in our life.

 

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