Aye festival 2022: Finding creative ways to talk about trauma

Aye Festival, by Spit it Out, is a two-week, multi-venue, immersive arts festival with a focus on finding creative ways to discuss and heal from trauma. Events will be happening across Glasgow (June 16th -19th) , Edinburgh (June 23rd – 26th) and Online (June 20th – 22nd).

This inaugural year will mark the official launch of all the work the Spit it Out team have been doing since 2019. The charity is run by a team of women from different backgrounds, recovering from trauma and mental illnesses, who are committed to providing a space for education, open discussion and support on often taboo subjects which can lead to trauma: consent, sex education, racism, LGBTQIA+ rights; mental illnesses and body image. 

Spit it Out was founded in 2019, after Bee Asha and Lea Luiz De Oliveira together made a BBC Scotland commissioned documentary by the same name which explores recovery from sexual trauma through the power of spoken word and live performance.

Spit It Out co-founder and SAMAs 2021 Best Newcomer Bee Asha said: “This event has been curated with so much passion and dedication and is the result of months of hard work. We are so excited to present the Aye Festival to Scotland in hopes to inspire those that take part, in whatever capacity, to find ways to better talk about trauma and support those we see struggling.”

This year’s Aye Festival will count with events like Skating and art workshops with Skateboobs, Better Sex Workshops with Ruth Eliot, poetry evenings and many more!

Aye Festival operates on a “pay as you can” basis. For more information on dates and event line-ups visit: https://www.spititoutproject.com/ayefestival

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