It’s back! Head and Heart is a three-day online festival that will explore mental health and the role that art and museums can play in our wellbeing. It is completely youth-led, meaning this festival has been designed, marketed, programmed and delivered by RRR participants.

We have an array of talks, workshops and panels with expert facilitators, heritage staff, talented guests and festival event management team. It’s sure to be relaxing, entertaining, educational and generally good craic! So what are you waiting for – get signed up now!



Sign up now for your completely free tickets via Eventbrite, as these events have limited capacity.

Check out the full programme below and for more see the Eventbrite pages.



Inside your Brain with Stevo and Soso


Drawing on their shared experience of coordinating the first Head + Heart festival, Inside your Brain will cover everything on Stevo and Soso’s minds regarding Mental Health in Northern Ireland.

Join artist and art therapist, Stephen Millar, and RRR participant and writer Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh; for candid chats and coffee on the future of arts in the system of mental health recovery.


Mindful Drawing with the Arts and Wellbeing Gang


Come along and hear about RRR’s Arts and Wellbeing group, which grew out of our first Head and Heart Festival, from two core participants Natalie Cole and Rosie Oliver. We will do some mindful drawing activities led by trainee Art Psychotherapist Lisa Kelly and explore how we can silence our inner critic and enhance our self-compassion.

No drawing skills required!



What a Soda Bread: Cook-a-long!


First we’ll hear about the link between what we eat and our brain health from Dr Claire McEvoy, Centre for Public Health at QUB. Talk about brain food!

Then join us virtually at Ulster Folk Museum, where first-person interpreter and baker extraordinaire Claire Brown will teach her age-old recipe for perfect soda bread, discussing all things food and wellbeing with our core participant Rebecca-Jane McMonagle.


Comment on this Thread: RRR In Conversation with Lucinda Graham


Open and honest artist interview with Northern Ireland-based Designer Lucinda Graham and RRR participants Molly Martin, Rosie Oliver and Georgia Crutchley.

We’ll hear them speak on topics from social media to fashion to life in Northern Ireland and how these all influence our mental health.


Life Without Music Would♭-flat


A panel and Q&A with talented stakeholders in the music industry discussing how music and mental health are interlinked. Explore how music can be an escape and a channel to express your emotions! See Eventbrite for panel members info.



Heart Space Yoga – Relax, Rejuvenate & Restore


Mindful Yoga with Roisin from Tower Museum, Derry-Londonderry. Step out of a busy world and learn the power of relaxation to restore mind and body.

This class will be taught at a beginner level and will introduce participants to basic yoga poses through gentle stretching and meditative exercises focused on the breath. There will also be an opportunity to mindfully engage with a key artwork from the Tower Museum art collection.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat.


Write in the Feels – Journalling Workshop


A journalling journey through photography and written word with Catherine Scott from Fermanagh Museum and art practitioner Joanne Boal.

Catherine will present on the museum’s creation of reminiscence walks as a result of the pandemic, and the evoking of feelings and memories through the collection of historic personal photographs.

Joanne, with 30 years of experience using journalling for her own mental health, and 10 years experience using art journalling with cancer patients, will share with us her own story and guide us through some art journalling.


Artwork, image credit: Event Management Participant Irene de la Mora