Yarriambiack Sing Out event to build social health

James Rigby leads a community workshop at the Rupanyup Dirt Music Festival on Saturday. Picture: CARLY WERNER
James Rigby leads a community workshop at the Rupanyup Dirt Music Festival on Saturday. Picture: CARLY WERNER

A UNIQUE men’s health event in Yarriambiack Shire on Sunday will use music to build community connections and social health.

Musician James Rigby will lead the Sing Out workshop at a dinner event in Boolite Hall.

The event is aimed at farmers in the Minyip area, where frost devastated chickpea and lentil crops last year.

Yarrilinks – Yarriambiack Shire’s Landcare group – received a Royal Flying Doctor Service grant for the event.

Rigby is familiar with the Wimmera, after leading a community singing session at the Rupanyup Dirt Music Festival at the weekend. He also led a choir performance at the Murtoa Stick Shed last year.

He said community singing aimed to build social cohesion and health.

“We will spend an hour doing some warm-ups, breaking the ice and getting comfortable by singing short songs,” he said.

“Then we’ll break and have a chat, which will be a really important part of the event.

“We come back for a second hour of singing – with a focus on two or three songs – and will revisit what people liked in the first hour and build on that.

“The really delightful thing that happens in this sort of session is it becomes a shared space. 

“It’s not a circumstance where some are successful and others don’t do so well – it’s a situation where everyone can have the same experience of being nourished and feeling strong.

“There’s something really visceral about the way it connects people.

“It’s not a singing event – it’s about coming away with your mind and soul nourished.”

Organisers said people could book tickets by calling Yarrilinks Landcare facilitator Tim Inkster on 0488 662 199 or by emailing tim@yarrilinks.org.au.

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