Garden City: success of first LoveFest Perth could see it return in 2020


Dr Catherine Barrett says LoveFest could be back in Perth in 2020.
Dr Catherine Barrett says LoveFest could be back in Perth in 2020.

A TWO-WEEK campaign to draw attention to and initiate a discussion around dementia could be back in Perth in two years, according to co-ordinator Catherine Barrett.

LoveFest Perth, which launched on May 2, included a one-day festival with presentations and workshops on the condition and a ‘Kiss Exhibition’.

The exhibition, which shows people with dementia kissing someone they love will remain on show at Garden City until May 16.

Dr Barrett said the festival had proven successful as a platform for people with dementia, as well as families, friends and experts, to share their experiences.

She said the photo exhibition, used to “humanise” people with dementia, had also been a hit.

“A lot of people can’t tell who in the photos have dementia,” Dr Barrett said of the images taken by The Social Photographer’s Lisa White.

“That’s the point. Their love and dignity shines through.”

Dr Barrett said the festival had exceeded expectations and could be back in Perth 2020, with the template potentially to be used elsewhere in Australia in the meantime.

“It was innovative and people were unsure what it was or what it meant,” she said

“But it’s been so uplifting.”

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