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New festival, WellFest Adelaide, kicks off next month

Mark your diaries, there’s a new entry to the Festival State’s calendar – the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) are bringing South Australia a new celebration of all things health and wellbeing, coming to the city next month.

Mark your diaries, there’s a new entry to the Festival State’s calendar – the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) are bringing South Australia a new celebration of all things health and wellbeing, coming to the city next month.

WellFest Adelaide, will be held over three weekends in the city from October 15-31 and will host a range of free headline events to help us reconnect and recharge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the success of AEDA’s 2021 visitor campaigns including Adelaide’s Long Lunch and the Dinner’s On Us dining vouchers, Chair of AEDA, Nikki Govan, states WellFest Adelaide will ‘celebrate healthy minds and bodies in an event the likes of which SA has never seen before. It will encourage people to visit the city and rediscover our beautiful parks and squares and support city businesses who have been hit hard by border closures and COVID-19 restrictions.’

‘The need to manage our physical and emotional health and wellbeing has never been more top of mind due to the impact of the pandemic’ Ms Govan said. 

WellFest Adelaide complements the City of Adelaide’s Wellbeing Month in October, which spans a range of activites across the entire month including Mental Health Awareness Week, Walktober, Nutrition Week, Nature Festival and Unity Week.

There is something for everyone on the festival’s programme, with ‘all of the activities presented by local businesses and cater to all ages, ability levels and interests.’

The exciting highlights of WellFest Adelaide include:

  • Wellness Squared – held over three Sundays, a curated program of sessions, activities and presentations including yoga, pilates, cooking and gardening presentations on nutrition and keeping a positive mindset. 
  • Hounds on the Hutt – Victoria Park and Hutt Street will be transformed into pooch playgrounds to encourage social connection outdoors for dogs and their families on Saturday 23rd of October. 
  • Town  Hall Talks – The Wellbeing Edition – a ticketing luncheon incorporating panel discussion, and presentations on exploring strategies to help business leaders cope with the challenges of COVID-19 and how to support their workforce.

Govan states ‘wellness encompasses so many activities that get us moving and improve our mindset, from high impact high intensity fitness to gentle yoga, meditation and recognising the many benefits gardening offers. Of course, wellbeing isn’t just about being physically active, it’s also about a healthy diet and a strong resilient mind set’.

With exciting new activities to be announced in coming weeks, WellFest attendees can also expect supporting activities and sessions run by local businesses including:

  • Sprout – a hands on, healthy cooking school established by former MasterChef contestant Callum Hann and dietitian Themis Chryssidis.
  • Healthy Minds – the world’s first psychological skills program designed to prevent the onset of depression and anxiety, run by SA psychologist Dr Tom Nehmy and Jodi Lee Foundation founder Nick Lee.

Govan assures WellFest Adelaide will offer a range of vibrant outdoor experiences that will ‘bring South Australians together in Australia’s most liveable city to see and do something new and go home feeling good’. 

While admission is free to most outdoor activities, due to contact tracing requirements, tickets must be booked for some sessions.

Visit wellfest.com.au to book tickets and view the full program.

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