NEFELE Project- Mental Health Arts Festivals throughout Europe!

The Nefele Project balloon continues to float:

The NEFELE Festival held in October was an impressive collection of mental health themed art events with 600 artistic participating from 23 countries.


The NEFELE project is far from being finished, the next step in our balloon is our conference to establish a network of festivals.  We currently have a platform ( ) which hosts the open consultation of the Draft Statute of the NEFELE Network. Everyone is invited to participate!

Our Greek partners have put together a video that shows exactly what we are planning and also displays some of the highlights from the festival! Below is a more detailed description of how we’d love for you to participate!

Our next stop will be the Constituent General Assembly of the European Network of Art Festivals for Mental Health. The assembly will take place in the second day of the NEFELE Conference, at the 27 th  and 28 th  of January 2017 in Athens.

As it has been stated from the very beginning of the project, this founding process includes an open invitation – To every European organization which implements an Art Festival or relative activities in connection with Mental Health.

and at the same time addresses to

– Any entity which is interested and is capable to support such an initiative.

The above categories are the potential members of the European Network

The documented necessity of the establishment of this Network is one the starting points of the NEFELE Project.

The basic constitutional text on the network is its Statute, which includes its mission, its objectives and the way of its operation. These characteristics form the cooperation framework, which the founding members are invited to process and agree upon.

To ensure that democratic principles are being applied within this critical process to the highest level, the Draft Statute is being published to an open consultation so to allow every interested part to comment on it and also contribute to its enrichment with additional ideas that will be at the discretion of the founding members for further discussion.

Everyone is able to submit comments and all of them will be published as long as they are relevant to the Draft Statute and the European Network.

At the same time, all interested parties can submit their  interest to participate in the Constituent General Assembly by filling the participation which can be found here and sending it by email to

All requests will be examined by the Organizing Committee in accordance to the relevant criteria of the Draft Statute.

In order to participate in the Constituent General Assembly, all interested parties must be represented by their legal representative or any other person who will be legally authorized. The deadline for the expression of interest is the 10th of January 2017. No organization can authorize another entity or a representative of another entity which is potential member of the network to represent them in the Constituent General Assembly.

You can find the Draft Statute here.

Here you can find useful answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).





NEFELE Meeting One


A long journey towards the networking of Art Festivals for Mental Health at European level started back in January at Dublin, where the first meeting of the NEFELE project (“Networking European Festivals for Mental Life Enhancement”) took place during First Fortnight 2016. The second meeting will take place next week in Spain and we are excited to see how much things have grown and developed since January!

The project is funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe Programme / Culture Sub-programme and implemented by a partners’ scheme of organizations from five EU Member States.

The project is coordinated by the Greek organization, EDRA KSDEO, utilizing its long experience on the conjunction of Mental Health and Art through the Art4more festivals, which has been staged in Greece for the past nine years.

Active members of the partnership include First Fortnight / Ireland; Funtation Intras / Spain, Euronet / Italy; and ASOK / Lithuania. The participation of these members creates a support axis startingfrom the Northwest of Europe, crossing along the European south and ends at the southeast end of the European Union.

Main objectives of the project are:

  • Staging the 1st European Art Festival for Mental Health next October in Athens
  • Developing the related activities of each country participating in the partnership
  • Establishing a European Network of Mental Health Art Festivals
  • The creation of supporting tools for the use of arts in the field of Mental Health

Outcomes from the project’s first meeting in Dublin included:

  • An introductory meeting with representatives of the Irish Office of the Creative Europe Programme
  • Participation in the famous First Fortnight Festival in many parts of Ireland in cooperation with broad spectrum of public and private supporters and volunteers.

The second NEFELE project meeting will be held at Valladolid, Spain, where the campaign for the 1st European Mental Health Arts Festival in Athens will launch.

The project will meanwhile continue to network with the aim of mobilising key stakeholders at national level in all of the member states.

The project will be completed in February 2017 with the establishment of the European Network of Mental Health Arts Festival. A founding Conference will be held in Athens.

Invitees will include representatives of European and national institutions, participants of scientific and educational institutions and also mental health organizations running Art festivals, or other similar activities, in the field of connection of Arts and Mental Health and tackling the Stigma of mental illness.

Watch this space or follow NEFELE’s Twitter and Facebook page for all our updates!

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