How one festival guides a city through trauma

Australia’s first mental health and arts festival will soon land in Brisbane to deliver engaging practical activities for recovery plus some midwifery wisdom.

After recent floods and the devastation that it’s caused to Queensland’s southeast coast, focusing on healing and mental health is as important as the physical rebuilds.

Soon to land in Brisbane over the weekend of 26 – 27 May, The Big Reach festival may just be the right antidote for a community that’s been through so much.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_