Invitation from the College President Professor Sir Simon
Wessely FRCPsych to ‘Medfest 2017,’ an International Medical Film
Festival, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
‘Medfest 2017’ at the Royal College of
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
by Monday 29 May 2017.
I hope you will be able to join us for this enlightening and
Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRCPsych
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
P.S. Places are limited, so please do respond as soon as
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
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.