This year the festival is excited to offer a new element to your movie going experience. Onsite at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we’re creating a calm, comfortable and quiet space for stillness and reflection, where festival goers can come and savour some moments of mindfulness.
We're bringing back one of the films from last years programme called Room to Breathe, and we’re literally providing just that, a Room-to-Breathe. We’re calling it the “Take Notice” Room, after one of the 5 Ways of Wellbeing promoted by the Mental Health Foundation.
To assist you in enjoying some inner stillness, we’ll be offering some simple, accessible, guided mindfulness exercises from the popular app Headspace. These will play 30 minutes before screenings and at 12:30pm Wednesday & Thursday of the festival week. Allow 15 min for this (incl intro).
It is our hope that by providing this space you’ll be able to have a first-hand experience of what it’s like to slow down, become still, and to rest, taking notice of your own moment to moment experience of being - at the festival.