Stereo-Hype Festival 2013


We are inviting you to join us at the Stereo-Hype Festival on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January at Stratford Circus in East London.

Stereo-Hype Festival 2013 is a free festival that engages African and Caribbean communities across London. The festival, developed by Mellow, showcases 10 years of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, and celebrating the strengths and achievements of African and Caribbean people with an experience of mental health problems.

The theme for this year’s event is Belonging: Family, Home and Community, a theme which continues the festival’s tradition of promoting wellbeing, challenging mental health stigma and discrimination.

Festival highlights include:
Black Men on the Couch featuring Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, British Boxing Champion and Paul Canoville, first black player to play in a Chelsea F.C. shirt

  • Drama Production exploring the theme of Belonging performed by local actors with a lived experience of mental health problems
  • An exhibition about the African and Caribbean communities in Britain
  • West Indian Front Room exhibition (

  • Workshops to stimulate body, mind and spirit
  • Alternative therapy sessions
  • Face painting
  • Performances from established and emerging artists
  • DJs

And lots more…

For evening performances starting at 6pm on Friday and Saturday you will need to reserve a seat. Tickets are free (no charge) but must be booked in advance as there is limited capacity.

Book in person at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, and London, E15 1BX

Book online at

Call 0844 357 2625

To pick up your ticket, please come to the registration desk in the main foyer of Stratford Circus. Tickets will be available for collection from 4.30pm on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January

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The Stereo-Hype events are great occasions – so we hope to see you there!

All are welcome!


Stereo-Hype, established in 2003, by Mellow is an event which creates a space to discuss and explore stigma, discrimination and well-being issues within African and Caribbean communities through performance and visual arts.

The name Stereo-Hype aims to challenge the negative ‘hype’ surrounding African and Caribbean communities in the media. The festival’s success over the years has continued to challenge media stereotyping and the stigma associated with mental health.

The Festival is being hosted by Time to Change and Mellow

Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

Mellow was established in 2000 to improve the experience of African and Caribbean people with mental health problems and promote their wellbeing. Mellow is a an East London wide mental health network that aims to tackle the stigma and discrimination that African and Caribbean people with mental health problems experience in their day to day life. A crucial part of this approach involves supporting African and Caribbean people with a lived experience of mental health problems and their organisations to take a lead role in tackling the stigma and discrimination they face within mental health services and their community. Mellow is now hosted and based at Social Action for Health charity (

Over the last 30 years there has been a lot of concern about the mental health experience of African and Caribbean communities. These concerns include: higher than average hospital admissions, levels of security, length of stay, use of hands on restraint, seclusion, detention under the Mental Health Act and referrals through the criminal justice system. This has resulted in a number of high profile reports (Breaking the Circle of Fear, 1999) and lots of media attention. Some of that media attention has fuelled the negative stereotypical views of African and Caribbean people with mental health problems.

The Stereo-Hype events have been held throughout the year, particularly in October to coincide with World Mental Health Day and Black History Month. Hosted within entertainment venues, these events have attracted over 2,000 people over the last 10 years, representing a wide cross section of people from African and Caribbean communities of all age groups, professional backgrounds and members of the public. They have also attracted people from other cultural backgrounds.

In 2005 South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust (SLAM) commissioned Mellow to deliver the first Stereo-hype event in Lambeth. Colleagues at SLAM adopted the Stereo-Hype programme and hosted a series of Stereo-Hype events in Lambeth with the support of Mellow.

In 2008 Stereo-Hype celebrated its 5th anniversary, sponsored by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and held at City Hall.

Stereo Hype Festival 2013 marks a new and exciting direction for the Stereo-Hype programme. The festival will celebrate Mellow and Time to Change working together in partnership to continue to address and inspire the community through a mix of exciting artistic performances, exhibitions, panel debates and encouraging audiences to participate in panel discussions.