Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Y Now? Art & Healing Festival (in a Time of Critical Disruption)

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In a study conducted to analyze 500 locations worldwide, Manila ranked more stressful than war-torn Damascus in Syria! The research was based on pollution, traffic levels, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens including debt levels, and physical and mental health. This study shows how a great majority of people in the city are stressed out, how the rise of depression and illnesses continues to affect lives, and how spirits are broken. The rise of suicides in the young and the sense of hopelessness for a sustainable future are frightening currents in the lives of the young today. Disruption of the norm is what is being experienced in all walks of life and in fields of industries. Fears are forcing everyone to find new tools to cope with living.

To give a new perspective on these issues, Y Space at the Yuchengco Museum is opening its doors to a festival that is not like any other. Entitled Y Now? Art & Healing Festival (in a Time of Critical Disruption), the festival’s directions is to bring discussion of contemporary spirituality and consciousness right next to the expressive arts of our culture. From 24 May–23 June 2019, the month-long festival will bring together a series of thematic activities within the complementing fields of Art and Healing. All events are offered to the general public. These programs are also for companies that want to expand their employee engagement programs to offer work-life balance and ways to connect and reach their millennial employees. 

The festival includes art appreciation within the context of spirituality. There are talks that include art and spirituality seen through the visual arts, Filipino spirituality seen through cultural icon, architectural talks that teach how to create peaceful sacred spaces, and Photography talks that allow for mindfulness to happen. Included are workshops for work-life balance, understanding the Self, energies and how to manage these, and new perspectives to deal with our fast-paced life. A special mult-arts therapy workshop for children and teens approaches expression and healing in a wholistic manner. Healing circles also include alternative therapies with sound, movement, yoga and meditation; other talks focus on transpersonal topics. There are special talks to introduce Ayurveda, grief and healing, and centering ways.The festival has brought together a curated group of specialists in their unique, often misunderstood fields.

Oracle days offer one-on-one sessions of therapies that support the body’s energy balance. Either through traditional massage called hilot, acupuncture, reiki, pulse reading for health or other energy medicine modalities, the sessions are to bring balance back and let the energy flow.
Ynow? Art and Healing Festival will have a wide array of resource persons, readers and healers catered for different needs. Their special practice, expertise and gifts will add value to this Art and Healing Festival to help many that are searching for direction, deeper meaning and connections in a time of critical changes happening on our society and planet today.

Yspace is located at the ground floor of the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Buendia corner Ayala Avenues, Makati City.

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