Health and wellbeing celebrated in the city

Last updated 07 Oct, 2022

The city has been transformed into a health and wellness hub following the launch of WellFest Adelaide today.

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) kicked off the month-long festival with an Arts and Wellbeing Forum at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

Flinders University Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries Dr Tully Barnett, Creative Recovery Network Executive Officer Scotia Monkivitch, Light ADL Co-Founder Sophie Dunstone, ABC Radio South Australia Manager Graeme Bennett and Performer Jennifer Trijo were all on a panel at the event, speaking about how arts affect health and wellbeing. 

Other upcoming events include Rundle Mall's Biggest Yoga Session on 22 October and a Leaders' Luncheon with Effie Zahos at the National Wine Centre of Australia on 14 October.

AEDA Managing Director Ian Hill said AEDA is proud to deliver a unique program of wellbeing events.

"It (WellFest Adelaide) further stimulates Adelaide’s economy by encouraging visitation and economic activity, with a focus on the six pillars of wellbeing ... health, fitness, nutrition, appearance, sleep & mindfulness,” Mr Hill said.

“We have continued to expand on the success of the inaugural event, as we envisage WellFest Adelaide being another jewel in the crown of South Australia’s world-class suite of festivals, and a global destination in wellbeing."

The Advertiser columnist Jessica Adamson hosted the panel that delved into the impact of arts on all aspects of wellbeing, the challenges artists face and what can be done to better support artists.

Trijo said wellbeing and mindfulness were imperative for both people in the arts industry, as well as those engaging with art. 

"Regardless of what you are doing, you have to be present in order to hold or create a work of art," Trijo said. 

"And that in itself is why arts contributes to wellbeing.

"I feel like we are in a world where we are always on autopilot in general, but when you practice art or consume art, we somehow become engaged in a singular thing.

"To be mindful is to be completely present."

For more information about WellFest Adelaide visit