After the most magical launch event yet, Kaleido Issue 04 is now available to purchase online! This edition is all about balance – how can we take care of our mental health while pursuing creative passions? How can be better support ourselves and others within our industries?
We were humbled yet again by the incredible crowd that came along to launch night to discuss the ideas behind the issue, engage with all our workshops and be part of our exhibition. After listening to the gorgeous tunes of local act Lazy Byrd, the night kicked of with our amazing industry panel, featuring Mary Hoang, founder and head psychologist from The indigo project, Robyn Wilson, CEO of Australian arts and health organisation Flutter Lyon, Tin Pang, filmmaker and director behind the stroke awareness short film Mother, Child, and Ravi Prasad, founder of cafe and social enterprise Parliament on King.
They shared their experiences surrounding mental health and finding balance in creative industries, which ranged from the neuroscience behind stress and anxiety, to the personal struggles of living with mental illness and running your own business, to using creativity as therapy and straight up setting (metaphorical) fires behind you and never looking back.
Facilitated by the incredible talented writer and host of Get Arty on Channel 7, Charlotte Rose Hamlyn, the panel delved into the complexities of the plight for balance – how do we define it? How do we find it? Is it unhealthy to always seek ‘balance’? It resulted in a very open, honest and informative discussion with plenty of laughs for good… balance.
Over the rest of the evening, everyone was able to enjoy a whole range of interactive workshops. Including a mindful cheese tasting with The Indigo Project, a life pressing demonstration with Flutter Lyon, a solid dance sesh with Groove Therapy, an intimate portrait session with Nena Salobir, 3D Face Painting with Jeff McCann and a creative gateway workshop with She Creates.
We were blown away by the gorgeous exhibition curated by Alice Amsel, which featured many of our winning submission artists, and featured a whole range of creative works dealing with mental health and balance. It also featured the interactive photoshoot with Sydney’s Hear Our Voice campaign, to give youth and creatives a voice for what they want to see for our city and in our industries.
The brews were flowing on the night courtesy of our friends at Young Henrys, and there was delicious food from Green Wise Monkeys – we could probably survive on their jackfruit taco bowl alone. Thanks to COMMUNE for the gorgeous venue, which helped to create the perfect vibe on the night.
Special shout outs to our genius Sound Magician Samuel Marks and Production Magician Jan M. Walter, our superhuman helpers Brooke, Ben, Tessa, Zoe, Sam, Trina, Brad, (Mum & Dad) And of course BIG BIG love both to and from the team Jen, Michaela, Liam, Ak for helping to pull all of this together x
If you want to get your hands on the latest edition or buy one for a friend, it is available online to be posted anywhere in Australia or around the world! Your support for independent mags helps us to keep producing these print editions and events to discuss important issues and inspiring projects shaping our creative industries. So grab your copy today and spread the word to your creative pals <3