To highlight the importance of mental wellbeing, Bridges Health & Community Care is bringing The Big Sing to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre for World Mental Health Day 2023.
Well-known local musician and choir leader Christie McLucas will bring together a mass community choir on the evening of the 10 October which is World Mental Health Day.
“You don’t need any level of singing experience to join in a community choir event like this,” Christie said.
“You don’t need to be able to read music.
“We will be learning part harmonies to a very well-known song and then coming together at the end to sing together.
“It will be an amazing uplifting experience.”
The song chosen for the event is ‘Better’ by the Screaming Jets, who will be performing four days later at the Lighthouse Rock Festival.
Bridges Health & Community Care CEO Sharon Sarah said the mental health service organisation was running the event because it saw participation in arts and culture as essential to wellbeing.
“We want to provide opportunities for people to engage proactively in their mental health and singing is ideal for this,” Sarah said.
“Among the many benefits of singing, it stimulates the vagus nerve that improves heart rate, relaxation and gut health; relieves stress by reducing cortisol; creates natural endorphins and importantly brings people together.”
The Big Sing is one of many arts, culture and wellbeing programs being produced by Bridges as they await funding to transform the old Bundaberg Fire Station into an Arts, Culture and Wellbeing Precinct.
Two tickets will be given away to a lucky participant of The Big Sing through a seat raffle on the night with thanks to Lighthouse Rock.
Tickets are $5, available online and from the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre ticket box during open hours.
The event is open to anyone 16 and over who is keen for a great night out singing.
The Big Sing
Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bourbong Street Bundaberg
When: Tuesday 10 October 7pm
The Big Sing is presented by Bridges Health and Community Care in partnership with Ergon Energy, Bundaberg Regional Council, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and Lighthouse Rock Festival.