In its third year the Festival of Now is Australia’s only Festival that celebrates World Mental Health Day. Held in Adelaide’s Rundle Park, this event brings the mental health community together to showcase creativity used in the healing journey and breakdown the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The family friendly event is completely free with magicians, face painting, bubble soccer, Animals Anonymous, sun catcher making, Lolly Jar Circus and drumming circle.
With stalls promoting arts in health, healthy eating and performances, the Festival of Now is a positive event creating a wider understanding of mental health in the community.
All the artists who take to the main stage have experience mental illness of some kinds. This years events include live music, poetry, comedians and magicians with very special guest, local poet Geoff Goodfellow.
Celebrity Chef Simon Bryant will make his regular appearance at lunchtime with a cooking demonstration that shows how we can all look creatively at food. With simple and quick recipes that everyone can make, no matter how you are feeling, you can still eat well.
Peer support workers will also host a sharing circle that nit only promotes the significant work they undertake in the sector but will also allows everyone to talk openly about their mental health. In fact last year’s sharing circle saw local and Federal MPs talk about their own struggles with mental illness and that of their loved ones.
The Festival of Now is a positive event that not only brings the facets of the sector together, but gives them a time to cheer each other along as they continue to promote mental health and well being for everyone.
The Festival of Now
Where: Rundle Park, North Tce and Botanic Road, Adelaide
When: Friday 9 October, 10am – 3.30pm