Recovery Rising Conference and Festival

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Recovery Devon is organising a Conference and Festival called Recovery Rising for June 25th 2021


Originally planned for 2020, global events forced a change of plan. We look forward to using this as an opportunity to make Recovery Rising even better – and we hope one of the landmarks of a society coming back to life.

We’re extremely excited, as this aims to be an event that connects people from across mental health services, with speakers from across the UK, sharing some of the most innovative and imaginative practices in Recovery and celebrating some of the best art and music created by people with lived experience.

We’re looking for musicians and artists(music/spoken word/circus skills/improv etc.) who would welcome the chance to play at this amazing event. The slots are roughly as follows.

11.15 till 11.45 is a coffee break. At this point there’s room for one or two acts. Solo or group but all unplugged. Roughly 25 mins.

1-2pm Lunch, and a chance for several acts – weather permitting inside and outside. At least 20 mins up to an hour if able. We’d prefer unplugged but some amplification is available.

From 6pm there’s a BBQ, the opportunity for several acts max 30mins.

At 6.30 the main act. If sunny, outside, otherwise the great hall. 45mins with capacity to encore if there’s an enthusiastic crowd. I have a PA but if you also do, we’d welcome you bringing it.

If you can only do a slot and then go, that’s fine. If you want to enjoy the free food and make a whole day of it, also fine. Just let us know if you want AM/PM all of it etc.

The whole day is about mental well-being, and it would be great to have songs around this theme. Some sad tracks are fine, but a balance with a few optimistic ones would be best.

There will be Recovery Devon folk and peer supporters, a quiet space etc. to help you manage if you get nervous or find crowds difficult. It’s an amazing venue so a chance for experiencing a larger venue if you haven’t before. It’s also free – so bring as many friends as you wish!

We’re hosting the whole day for free so are unlikely to be able to pay acts, however, we will cover expenses and acts will get a free lunch and BBQ if they wish.

If you or anyone you know would enjoy performing, please send contact details and a link to your material to – or use our contact form. (phone recording of open mic, street performance, photo-gallery, doesn’t have to be professional.) If you don’t have anything available limited ‘auditions’ can be arranged. We would like acts of a reasonable standard, who’s material relates in some way to mental health. We want to show the world the amazing creativity people with lived experience produce 🙂

Our focus is creativity in mental well-being. This means the whole range, using art workshops as therapy, the inspiration that comes from struggling with mental health, and original or unusual approaches that have helped in Recovery.

The Venue is at Exeter University, The Forum, a truly amazing space to match the ambitions of Recovery Rising.

In the morning there will be presentations, workshops sharing knowledge and findings from research, learning how to develop creative workshops and more.

As lunch approaches we relax with a little magic, networking with a quiet backdrop of entertainments and exhibits, all accompanied by a buffet style lunch. Artists will be free to sell their work and take commissions if they wish.

Then as the evening rolls in, the music and BBQ roll out. Artists and bands from around Devon will perform and exhibit work inspired by or about mental health and the challenges many of us face. Around 6pm we’ll enjoy a sumptuous cook-out with hog-roast and vegetarian options.It’s going to bring some exceptional art, music, performance and entertainment together with expertise and experience to help us see how creativity can be a transforming force in the quest for mental well-being.

We have a number of speakers already, but welcome offers from people with professional or personal experience of using creativity to help themselves or others.
Artists are also invited to contact us if they would like to perform or exhibit; anything from circus skills to painting, music to comedy.
If you’re interested in speaking, performing or attending, contact us here. Tickets will be available nearer the date and we’ll announce them across social media.