16 – 26 June, 2022

Aye Festival 2022: Edinburgh’s consent and mental health charity Spit It Out launches programme for the first 10 day festival

This hybrid festival will take place over Glasgow, Edinburgh and online with a radical programme of exhibitions, spoken word, live music and workshops.

Spit It Out Project

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Edinburgh-based, women-run consent and mental health charity ‘Spit It Out’ announces the lineup for their first festival: Aye Festival. An impressive programme of 44 events in 13 venues across Glasgow, Edinburgh and online, Aye Festival is an immersive arts festival focusing on creative ways to talk about sex, mental health and healing. Expect exhibitions, workshops, talks, film screenings, live performances and parties, all held in a supportive, safe and inclusive space.

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.”

Opening Exhibition Glasgow

drums and silence

In Glasgow, highlights include the opening exhibition Drums and Silence from Scottish artist, Cal McCormack, The Alchemy Experiment evening (including the new solo exhibition Soul in the Thread by Turkish artist Nisan Yetkin and a spoken word night), and a live performance night at Stereo with performances from Pocket Monica, Shogun Shato and Bee Asha.

The Aye Festival Edinburgh 23 – 26 June

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Seina Baalouche – ‘One of Them’

Edinburgh hosts an opening exhibition One of Them from artists Seina Baalouche, Léa Luiz de Oliveira, and Callie Rose Petal (lonely carp) and a night of live music at Spit it Out at The Wee Red Bar featuring Dr Salad, Nani, and Grace and the Flat Boys.

Running across Glasgow, Edinburgh and online are workshops that include the Grrrl Crush DJ Workshop (Glasgow), the skateboarding and skate art workshop with Skateboobs (Glasgow and Edinburgh) Better Sex Workshop (Glasgow, Edinburgh and online).

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.

The charity is run by a very small team of women from different backgrounds, recovering from trauma and mental illnesses, who wanted a change, came together and created this community. The charity is committed to providing a space for education, open discussion and support on often taboo subjects which can lead to trauma: consent, sex educations, racism, LGBTQIA+ rights; mental illnesses and body image.

(Skateboobs are running skating workshops during the festival. Image credit: Gabriel Gayle)

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