Full On—Festival Art Therapy

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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 multiples–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 resffults in ‘cognitive, social and affective benefits’ A festival can be considered a social prescription or cultural remedy with restorative impact. Art therapy can offer contributions within festival programmes that situate the making of ourselves within a cultural experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-317
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Aug 2021

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