Living in the NOW: Festival of Arts & Mindfulness Comes to Deptford Lounge

IMG_4253NOW Live Events, the cultural enterprise championing the arts as a way of being in the now, will take residency at Deptford Lounge from Monday 23  – Saturday 28 June, presenting brilliant artistic experiences designed to stimulate the senses and bring conscious awareness to the present. Led by some of the UK’s most inspiring artistic talent, participants can learn to savour the moment by experiencing everything from sensory sculpture to interactive musical performances, cultivating the skills of ‘mindfulness’ that help us stay well, manage emotional distress and help us to enjoy life.

NOW Live Events has been specially tailored for Deptford as part of the new London-wide Anxiety Arts Festival happening across London throughout June 2014. The programme includes a variety of Deptford-centred events that include a Pop Up Poetry Stall at the market featuring Chill Pill Collective, a performance by top poet Simon Mole followed by an Ode to Deptford, a stress management workshop with Bromley and Lewisham Mind, alongside numerous opportunities to meet and interact with others across the SE8 community.

Each day of the festival carries its own theme from Art & Senses to Performance, exploring different methods of mindfulness. Highlights include interactive discussion The Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People with Roman Krznaric, Master Your Moods NOW interactive talk for all ages with head gardener of Mindapples Andy Gibson, The Vital Keys for Happiness are Right Here Right Now talk with Mark Williamson from (Action for Happiness), Craftivist Collective with Sarah Corbett that utilises repetitive crafting as a means to reflect upon the past and look towards the future both individually and globally, a theatrical technique workshop led by Polly Bennett of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and an improvisational song workshop led by Ampersand Media.

The festival focuses on the 2,500 year-old Buddhist psychology of ‘mindfulness’, or moment-by-moment awareness that focuses one’s attention on the present while calmly accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations with compassion and non-judgement. The benefits of mindfulness in managing and preventing stress and anxiety have been proven by clinical trials and it is now one of the most popular treatments for emotional distress. But as importantly, mindfulness works as an everyday tool to lead a more fulfilled life based on greater awareness of the present.

Elsewhere in the programme, Wake Up London will be staging a Mindfulness Meditation Flash Mob promoting a message of support for young people through meditation and the community. The festival will draw to a close with Interacting in Deptford, conducted by Peader Kirk,a collaborative event where people can meet each other and explore what it means to be a part of the Deptford community.

For a full listing of all the events, please visit

And to find out more about every contributing artist