Subliminal, an arts festival aimed at improving mental health in Lithgow, is holding three of its signature events in the week of April 17.
The festival’s director Anna Carter announced she has secured a permanent drop-in space for young people in Lithgow.
“Subliminal is all about making those small steps the whole community can get involved in,” Ms Carter said.
Ms Carter began the festival after struggling to find adequate supports for her son who has depression.
“I think a lot of people want to give, but don’t know where to. Subliminal is a space where people can give back because mental health affects everyone.”
Youth Hang Out Space
Tuesday April 18 – end of April.
Subliminal festival is hosting a youth drop-in space at 172 Main Street that will continue every night, 3-8pm, until the end of April. The drop-in space’s opening night will feature a drawing lesson from cartoonist Matthew Lin and free pizza. Anna Carter is planning to continue the drop-in and free meal service every Tuesday and Friday night indefinitely.
“It means we give are giving young people two essentials that create stability in a person: somewhere they are warm and where they can be fed,” Ms Carter said.
Wednesday, April 19
On Wednesday night, starting at 6.30pm, local students and writers will present poetry they have created at the Lithgow Tin Shed. Woodfire pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Gold coin donations go towards sustaining the youth drop-in program.
Saturday, April 22
The Gathering is an opportunity to find information and advice on mental health supports and services in Lithgow. The event will be held at the Union Theatre from 8.30-11.30am with a gold coin donation for entry.
Live at the Union Theatre
Saturday, April 22
Collaborating with Ironfest 2017, Subliminal has organised a bill of thrilling heavy metal music to get young people and festival-goers through one of Lithgow’s most exciting weekends. The concert will begin at 3pm and continue through to 6.20pm when the headline act, Kings At Heart, begin their performance. All money from tickets will go towards Lithgow’s Youthworx service. Tickets are available to buy from 172 Main Street at 3-8pm from Tuesday, April 18, onwards. Tickets can be purchased at the door.