Northern Man Festival

Northern Man Festival

You heard it here first.  This is the year we launch the first ever Northern Man Festival, which we hope will become a biennial event.  The Northern Man Festival will provide a lively interactive and supportive space for people to find out and talk about Men’s emotional health and wellbeing.

Taking place at Leeds Playhouse on Saturday 16 November


Suited & Booted        - Personal shopping assistant going to make men feel very special with a range of free new clothing.

Barber’s Shop             - Free haircuts and beard trims

Barber Shop Choir     - be serenaded with a few songs from our choir

East Leeds FM             - Interviewing Men for podcast - The journey of having a haircut and how it feels to be treated and look good


Talking Heads            - Exploring thoughts and emotions – where do they come from?

Migration Stories       - Expectations, Responsibilities, Realities – ‘Human Library’ to hear stories from men who have settled in Leeds over the years, and describe how migration has affected their masculinity. (Potentially - Pakistani, Irish, Jewish, Afro/Caribbean, Syrian/Sudanese)

Art Pieces                   - Leeds City College Students 2 thought provoking pieces to provide discussion and activity

Leeds Dads                 -  Play relaxed area for young children

Mantality                   - Men’s Health programme & podcasts – possibly working with ELFM.

How might they get involved? (Depending on availability, Rhinos Sports Star, Stevie Ward, will attend) – To join panel, and to be present at The Festival (if he attends)

Watt Omitter             - Pedal-powered bikes to show how much energy we use/need

An area for chatting, reflection – easy chair, the buddy bench


Health Information    - Cancer Awareness, Testicular & Prostate Cancer

Information on Mental Health – Time To Change – use iPads to explore Mindwell and Time To Change sites, videos & games


Poet in Residence – Peter Spafford to write a piece to be read at the Panel Discussion (post play)

2 Northern Blokes, actors in character, giving out info re Men’s Health and directing to activities

2 Buskers around the Playhouse, ensuring that everyone knows the Festival is on.

IMPACT Men’s Group directing members of the public and talking Men’s Health

Graphic Artist - Tom Bailey drawing and capturing conversations

Winter Warmer Recipe Book to be handed out by Men’s Group participants

Reasons To Stay Alive 2:30pm

Post-Show Panel - Jonny Benjamin, Orion Rep (Claire), Men’s Group Participant, Stevie Ward (Rhinos)/Chris O’Connor, NHS Clinician??

Jonny Benjamin(British Mental Health Campaigner, Author & Vlogger) - In Jan 14, he launched a social media campaign called Find 'Mike' to search for a stranger who had talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness