Bloom 2020

Fri 15 May 2020 - Sat 16 May 2020 | online | free

Front Room Phoenix: Bloom 2020

Exeter’s Online Festival Of Mental Health Awareness

Last year, Exeter Phoenix opened its doors for Exeter Bloom, a festival to mark Mental Health Awareness week. With the country currently in lockdown, mental health awareness has never felt more pressing and so rather than postponing Bloom 2020, we are moving this year’s festival online! 

Welcome to Bloom 2020 – an online, virtual festival to mark Mental Health Awareness week. Within this collection of at-home-activity we hope there is something for everyone – whether you want to actively engage in a discussion, feel connected with your community, learn more about the services and groups available in Exeter, get creative, broaden your knowledge, get off the couch or enjoy some quality cultural content from the comfort of your living room. Everyone’s response to lockdown will be personal and unique, so we hope we have collected a range of ways for you to connect with the community, however you might be feeling. 

None of this would have been possible without the organisations and individuals who have offered their enthusiasm and support by getting involved in this weekend. 

Festival Timetable: Fri 15 May 

12pmLaunch of Exeter Bloom ExhibitionAn community exhibition of artwork created during lockdown.

See the exhibition here >>
1pmStarting Conversations: Young Adult LonelinessLoneliness affects people of all ages, but for young people there can be an extra layer of stigma to deal with. In this conversation, Emily (Bournemouth University Masters Researcher) and Bathsheba (Time to Change Regional Coordinator) explore what loneliness and isolation can look like for young people, and what we can all do to address this.

You can follow the Conversation Starter project and podcasts on Twitter and Instagram: @ConverstarterUK

Watch now >>
3pmConversations On Loneliness And Mental Health

*Advance sign up necessary
Dr Fred Cooper (Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health) will be hosting a Zoom conversation about the challenges Covid-19 poses for loneliness and mental health, and the pre-existing contexts which frame our diverse and uneven experiences of the pandemic.
4pm-5.30pmResponse and Responsibility: Conversations on Self Harm

*Advance sign up necessary
We welcome your thoughts and experiences to an interactive Zoom conversation about how we can best support the young people in our lives. Whether you work with young people professionally or are looking for ways to support friends and family, the way you respond to those experiencing self-harm can potentially change their lives.
7pmBC Camplight: Songs From A Weird PlaceJoin BC Camplight for a free gig on Facebook Live.

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Festival Timetable: Sat 16 May 

10amWorkout With The Good Gym ExeterJoin Klara from Good Gym Exeter for a fitness session to start the day.

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Meditation Session
Jola will be hosting a meditation session for the community.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session has been moved to tomorrow.
12pmKinetics: The Desire To Move (A Film)Enjoy a free streaming of 50 minute film Kinetics.

Faced with her Parkinson’s diagnosis, Rose begins to try and come to terms with her future and changing relationship with movement – when Lukas, a bright but bored student into Parkour comes into her life. Two people at polar opposites, both with a desire to move.
Watch here >>
1pmHow To Stay Motivated – tips from Good Gym ExeterIt can be hard to stay motivated to keep fit, especially during this period of lockdown. Good Gym Exeter's Klara shares some tips and fun exercises to help you stay motivated.
2pmStorytime with Exeter LibraryJoin Exeter Library for Hugless Douglas – a live streamed storytime session.
3pmCommunity Chat with Exeter LibraryExeter Library will host a virtual get together for anyone in the community.
4pmOnline aerial circus performance and conversationJoin Jump Fall Fly on Facebook Live for a short, aerial circus performance on silk that comes from their most recent show, The Last Fairy and the Black Crow Queen. This show is is a dark, mythical, positive fairytale about the environment. They will then talk about 'Boom' – a new project in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre.
5pmBloom Acoustic Session With Emily HowardTune into an acoustic session with musician Emily Howard

Watch here >>
6pmBloom Acoustic Session With Chris OstlerTune into an acoustic session with musician Chris Ostler

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7pmExeter Bloom RaveWellraver will be hosting an online virtual rave to bring the festival to a close.


Other festival activity will include: 

  • Craft videos you can enjoy from home 
  • Poetry recommendations from the Poetry Archive
  • Poetry writing activities
  • Advice from YMCA Exeter and other service providers 
  • …and more. 

Get Involved In Our Virtual Community Exhibition

Add your images, pictures, drawings and artworks to the Exeter Bloom Exhibition, everyone can enjoy Exeter’s community spirit without having to leave the house. 

Whether it’s a rainbow in your window, the kids’ lockdown creations, or a new art project you are working on, send your pictures in to be included in the Exeter Bloom virtual exhibition. 

Find out more here >>

Venue: Online, Everywhere

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