blink were lucky enough to host a wellbeing tent at the world's largest philosophy and music festival during the May 2019 bank holiday weekend. ‘How The Lights Gets In’ was set on the edge of the Black Mountains, along the banks of the River Wye just outside the famed book town of Hay. How The Light Gets In occupies a special location, but that's just the backdrop for the real magic to come.
The festival is all about pitching new ideas and thought-provoking debates; with a progressive and exciting atmosphere of change thrown in. This provided the perfect platform for blink to introduce our campaign.
We ran mindfulness activities, offered a quiet space to relax, and raised awareness about blink as a whole. We also had fully qualified professional therapists offering free professional support throughout the festival.
We couldn’t have asked for a better reception. Our complementary therapy sessions were fully booked; the mindfulness sessions proved super popular, and we doubled our mailing list size! As Blink highlights an issue that affects so many people on a personal level, a lot of people came forward to tell us their stories and show us their support.
On top of this; bands did shout outs, we’ve gained some new volunteers for blink, and we even sold a t-shirt! There were so many incredible moments, but a particularly emotional moment was when the Poetry Machine (a very talented, fast thinking poet with a type writer) wrote this awesome poem for us.
We are still overwhelmed by the support we received over the weekend and we’re grateful to everyone who stopped by to find out more about what we do. It truly means so much to us.
We are already planning what’s next for blink so please do keep an eye out, via our newsletter and social media for more updates and stories about our campaign. In the meantime, here are some photos from the weekend!
Special thanks go to the people and companies below, as without them the above wouldn’t have been possible
JA Burke Construction Ltd for their kind financial donations and on going support to blink
Dani of Gocustom Clothing for providing our hoodies pro-bono
Chris from Pitch Tents for the pro-bono bell tent
Foga for providing their delicious plant shakes for festival goers
Andy Jefferies for donating awesome Dock & Bay towels for festival goers
Form for their awesome pro-bono banner artwork
And last but not least, our amazing volunteers and therapists giving up their bank holiday to help spread mental health awareness; and to assist us in providing rapid peer and professional support when people need it most