African Caribbean mental health festival in Stratford

Sandra Griffiths, director of Mellow.

Sandra Griffiths, director of Mellow. - Credit: Archant

A free festival aimed at changing African Caribbean attitudes towards mental health is coming to Stratford Circus this weekend.

Stereo-Hype, described as an “interactive” festival, aims to challenge stereotypes and prejudices surrounding mental health issues within black communities through drama, film, dance, spoken word, art, and panel debates.

Hosted by charities Time to Change and Mellow, guest include broadcaster Henry Bonsu, boxer Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, Chelsea’s first ever black footballer Paul Canoville, and award-winning performance poet Malika Booker among others.

Around 50 local volunteers have been trained up to talk to visitors about their experiences.

Stereo-Hype Festival is at Stratford Circus, Salway Road, Stratford, E15 1BX on Friday January 25 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday January 26 12pm to 9pm.


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