Medfest in Manchester tonight

Two months ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, Medfest – a medically themed film festival run by UK psychiatry trainees – is back in Manchester tonight.

The renowned international medical film festival returns to Manchester for another year to explore the fascinating theme of ‘Global Health and Civilizations’.

From 6.30pm to 10.00pm later today at the Club Academy in the University of Manchester Students’ Union building, there will be a screening of a series of short films, followed by a panel discussion with opportunities for audience involvement.

Every spring, medical schools around the UK and Ireland hold themed evening events like this. This year’s theme is ‘Global Health and Civilizations’ and the films will explore culture-specific aspects of health from England to Indonesia, Mexico to Japan, and beyond. The films cover a diverse range of important issues in contemporary mental and physical health – all to be revealed on the night.

Having had successful previous years, the event promises to deliver “powerful viewing material, scintillating discussion, cultural enrichment, delectable free food, and more, much more”, event organiser Raff Holmes wrote.

Mainly funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Medfest also receives additional funding from both national and local sources, which enables them to set up these free events. So not only is it free but tonight’s educative and entertaining event has free refreshments too.

Although much of Medfest’s audience tends to be medical students, the event is “relevant to all health professionals and film fans”, Holmes says before adding, “Any interested members of the public are very, very welcome to attend.”

Expected medical and academic participants include Dr. Mukesh Kapila, CBE, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, as well as Dr. Louis Appleby, CBE, Professor of Psychiatry and National Director for Health and Criminal Justice also from the University of Manchester.

For entertainment, the event has some familiar names lined up. Talented stand-up comedian and actress Ms Bethany Black – well-known for her shows Beth Becomes Her and Love and a Colt 45, and appearing in Channel 4’s Cucumber and E4’s Banana – is also scheduled for tonight’s event along with other notable names.

 

TNT News Yasin Chinembiri

 

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