Currently running in various venues across Renfrewshire, Recovery Fest is a festival that aims to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits that the arts, music and cultural activities can have upon recovery from addiction. Funded by Renfrewshire Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, Recovery Fest showcases the work of several local recovery groups and services.
Events include the premiere of Dykebar and Me, a poignant film by the Torley Unit’s Long Term Recovery Group, featuring the personal challenges, triumphs and hopes for the future of those who have journeyed through addiction to recovery.
The Paisley Guitar Group (based within the Sunshine Recovery Café) will host their second Big Peace & Jam event, celebrating music’s positive impact on recovery.
Write into Recovery @ Sunshine Recovery Café will showcase inspirational poetry and prose created by the writers’ group at the Sunshine Recovery Café.
The Family Support Group will host a monologue play at Paisley Arts Centre, as part of the performance of Where the Crow Flies. The monologue addresses many of the issues faced by families affected by addiction.
Recovery Fest culminates with a large dance music event, Strictly Recovery: Time to Dance. Working with partners from RAMH, Strictly Recovery will offer a night out without alcohol and drugs, celebrating recovery and offering an opportunity to improve social networks. The following day, Paisley’s first Recovery Church will explore hope, faith and love as key elements in recovery.
An ongoing project, Renfrewshire Recovery Pattern (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information), sees an artist in residence working, in collaboration with NetWork’s Graduate Intern Community Artist, with various addiction services across Renfrewshire, offering clients the opportunity to engage in creating a Recovery Pattern design for fabric and products. The final products will be available for purchase in Spring 2017, with profits being used to further recovery projects in Renfrewshire.
by Mark Jones
Click here for more information on all the events taking place as part of Recovery Fest.