Fair for all things healthy

Last updated 13:00 30/12/2013

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Golden Bay's healthcare community, encompassing everything from cranial sacral therapy to dental therapy, will be drawn together for the second annual Golden Bay Arts and Health Expo.

Organisers Ng Ang, Shanti Smith and Berdina Brinkman have grown the expo to a larger two-day event which will be staged throughout the grounds, classrooms and hall of Golden Bay High School.

The expo on January 11 and 12 will include health stalls and videos, a sculpture exhibition space, food stalls, live music and performances, free workshops, and talks and seminars. There will also be plenty of children's entertainment.

"Health is becoming more of a family issue, we're wanting to educate the whole family," said Mr Ang.

Practitioners of midwifery, acupuncture, massage therapies, emotional freedom technique, physio therapy, herbalism, homeopathy and yoga will offer stalls and some workshops.

The new Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre and the Golden Bay community workers will also be part of the expo.

"In addition we have arts and crafts that we didn't have last year," said Mr Ang.

Mr Ang said he had also been working with Golden Bay High School students to set up health exhibits for the expo, one of which is called "What's in my lunch box?" and has a focus on healthy food choices.

"Prevention over cure. If you can learn all these ways with healthy living, the body doesn't break down so easily. Our motto is ‘healthy self'," said Ms Smith, a local natural health practitioner.

Health videos including Raw For Life by Dr Gabrielle Cousens and featuring subjects such as ozone and oxygen, genetically modified organisms, health benefits of the sun, alternative cancer treatments, spirituality, diet, lifestyle, food production, and the law of attraction will be screened.

Healthy food options including raw food, natural drinks and Thai food will be on offer.

Organisers consider the arts to contribute to wellbeing, so four exhibitions will be set up around the expo.

There will be wood, metal and stone sculptures, A Very Healthy Exhibition (created by students of Golden Bay High School, Takaka Primary School and the M.A.D. Skool of Arts), Inspired Healing Artworks, and a Healthy Exhibition created by Golden Bay artists.

On Saturday, resident musicians Charlotte Squire, Mudwood, Manfred, Lethea, and Lara will be performing.

A final concert will be presented on Sunday evening with the Gypsy Pickers and Lethea supporting the Wellington band Tunes of I. Tickets for the concert are available from the Golden Bay Art Gallery.

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The Golden Bay Arts and Health Expo is presented by the M.A.D. Skool of Arts and Healing.

Tickets will be available at the gate.

Head to MadSkoolofArts.org for more details.

- Nelson


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