CCP's Weekend Festival Hopes to Raise Mental Health Awareness
"When my mask shatters / and you see how broken I really am, / will you still love me?" penned the late Julia Buencamino in a poem before she died from suicide on July 7, 2015. Her
"We hope to create a community that helps build mental resilience through the arts. Art heals. Art helps focus the mind. Art even changes the way the brain functions, Shamaine pointed out.
During the festival, participants can create their own paper crane origami and put it up in a paper crane tree at the CCP Little Theater Lobby. This serves as the event's unifying theme as it symbolizes messages of hope and self-affirmation.
Other highlights include mindfulness exercises using visual imagery and body awareness; workshops on prose-writing, exploring personal creativity, dance healing, and a poetry session based on Vim Nadera Jr.'s postgraduate thesis on clinical psychology; and performances built around the idea of art as a form of healing. Short films on mental health, such as Elehiya
Will You Still Love Me: Festival of Arts and Ideas runs from September 14 to 16 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. It is open to the public from ages 15 and above. For more information, visit CCP's website.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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