Full On—Festival Art Therapy

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Abstract

Festival art therapy is a proposition for identity-in-the-making within events. The intensity and immersion of personal narratives within festival themes can extend identity into free association. The festival is composed of multiplies—simultaneous opportunities to enter and be impacted by words, sounds, visual culture and spectacle. It is an experience of becoming within a network of production. This is a consideration of art therapy as a public art form that utilises festival culture as a form of experiencing. The encounter with a festival extends a participant’s personal geography, in terms of discovering something different and beyond the already known. An arts festival is one way to produce affects that improvise with fixed identity formations. A festival can be considered a social prescription or cultural remedy that results in “cognitive, social and affective benefits” (Fancourt, et al., 2020). Art therapy can offer contributions within festival programmes that situates the making of ourselves within a cultural experience.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Early online date20 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Art Therapy
  • The Art of Walking
  • Festival Art Therapy
  • Psychogeography
  • Creative Health
  • Gilles Deleuze and the Event

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