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If you think the Menopause is doom and gloom and ‘the beginning of the end’, think again. That’s the message from the team behind the world’s only Menopause Festival, returning to Perth this month.

The festival, now in its second year, will take place at Perth Theatre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2019 and will be officially opened by Christine McKelvie MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Older People and Equalities.

Saturday 27 April will give members of the public, both men and women, the opportunity to explore different aspects of the menopause.

Keynote speaker Kelli Jaecks, author of ‘Martinis & Menopause: strategies, science and sips that empower women to beat the Hormone Groan’, is travelling from Oregon, USA to speak about ‘the fantastic four’,: exercise, diet, sleep and HRT. Meanwhile, Dr Laura Jarvis from Tayside Menopause Clinic will focus on medical aspects of the menopause. There will also be a number of stalls and workshops on everything from creative writing and photography to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, nutrition and exercise. Evening entertainment is also on offer, with comedy from ‘Gusset Grippers’ and, of course, the chance to mingle, eat and drink!

The first day of the festival, Friday 26 April, is aimed at Human Resources professionals, line managers, trade unions and employment lawyers, with the ‘Menopause at Work’ seminar exploring the rights of both women and their employers, menopause policies and how the menopause impacts on women’s economic participation at a national level.

Sponsored by Rowan Consultancy in Perth, the festival is open to all genders and all ages and follows on from the World’s very first Menopause Café, which took place in Perth in 2017. Menopause Café has gone on to become a registered charity with respected Scottish broadcaster Kirsty Wark as Patron.

Rachel Weiss, Partner at Rowan Consultancy said, “There are a lot of negative connotations around the menopause but, for many, the third stage of life is an opportunity for women to take stock of their life, and take control.

“As well as succeeding in getting more men and women talking about the menopause, through our Menopause Cafés now running throughout the UK and beyond, there are other steps women can take which we will be exploring throughout the festival.

“From encouraging women to get stuck into some new creative past times and exploring mindfulness, to taking a closer look at their diet, our speakers have lots of practical tips to reduce symptoms and embrace the changes which the menopause can present.”

The Menopause Festival 2019 is delivered in partnership with Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, and funded by Perth and Kinross Council and Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust.

To attend, visit https://www.horsecross.co.uk/festivals/menopause-festival-2019.

For more information, visit www.menopausecafe.net.

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