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A festival of community psychology

We mark the Community Psychology Festival with some archive links [now updated for 2023].

01 August 2022

The seventh Community Psychology Festival is being held in Edinburgh on 13-15 October 2023 at Dynamic Earth. The theme is 'Seriously; let's play!' [Find lots on play in our archive.]

Organised by the British Psychological Society’s Community Psychology Section, the Festival is intended to be an accessible alternative to an academic conference, where public participation will be encouraged and supported.

The organisers said: 'Where else will you find an art exhibition exploring the Politics of Subjectivity; a talk on the construction of wealth in reality television; a Climate Café; a fierce scholar-activist explaining how neoliberalism ate her mental health!; a burlesque performance on crip queer desire and intimacy; an ‘old man’ turning a working men's club into a drag show; working class perspectives on pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology; a discussion on how to embed Critical Community Psychology in UK undergraduate psychology; and a distinguished Professor of Jungian Psychology bringing us all together to connect our practices towards re-enchantment?

And remember, 
Community Psychology welcomes everyone, not just psychologists!!!

View the festival programme and book of abstracts.

For previous years, the organisers commented:

'This is an invitation to us all to wholeheartedly join in a celebration that will take us right to the heart of what community psychology is about, both in terms of the core ethos and values of community psychology; but also in terms of how what we will share there will touch our hearts, and move us, or transport us, to new and exciting places in our practices, in our connections and in our lives.

In line with the key values of community psychology, we wish this festival to take place in the pursuit of liberation. Therefore, we are working to organise a festival that will be praxis-driven, thought-provoking and diverse community event and that has at its heart social justice and inclusion. Dear Psychology, while we confess, pursue individualistic improvements, and we at large passively adapt to our environment, how may we collectively hold our institutions accountable? We very much hope that you will want to be part of this collective reflection.'

To mark the Festival, why not join us on a themed trawl of our archive?