The Festival of Now – Celebrating Mental Health & Wellbeing in South Australia
The Festival of Now is a major event in Adelaide, held during South Australia’s Mental Health Awareness Month (October).
It is a celebration of mental health, creativity and inclusiveness that challenges stigma and promotes community connection. The Festival of Now is run by a committee of members from NGOs under the Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA). It was originally designed to cater mostly for the Mental Health sector: consumers, carers and mental health workers.
Attractions at the festival include live music and performance, free food, arts and crafts, games, animals, face painting, a chill-out zone, mental health and wellbeing information stalls and more. All artists who take to the main stage, and those who facilitate creative workshops or peer sharing circles, have a lived experience of mental illness.
The Festival of Now is a positive event that not only brings all facets of the sector together but provides an opportunity for collaboration and cross-promotion, broadening the understanding of mental health in the community.
In 2021, the Festival of Now committee has selected the event theme “Celebrating Our Stories” because they believe that sharing and listening to each other’s stories—in whatever unique form they take—is key to building empathy.
“Celebrating Our Stories” reflects Festival of Now’s commitment to showcasing the creativity and contributions of artists with lived experience. Their stories are diverse—many are of hope, strength, and recovery, and many are shaped by adversity. What we can gain through sharing and listening to them, however, is monumental.
The program will be released soon.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Festival of Now website.
What: The Festival of Now
When: Friday 8 October 2021
Where: Wauwi/Light Square, Adelaide
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Image Source: Festival of Now website
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