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WellFest in association with KBC release full weekend schedule

07 May 2020

Two day line-up of leading experts announced for this weekend’s WellFest Live with online edition of the wellness festival on Instagram Live

WellFest, Europe’s largest health, fitness and wellness festival has announced the two day timetable for its online event, ‘WellFest LIVE’, which will take place on the festival’s Instagram channel on Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th May 2020. WellFest LIVE is being run in association with KBC Bank Ireland.
 
The event is free of charge, with an option for those tuning in to donate to WellFest’s charity partner Barretstown Children's Charity. Barretstown will also be running activities for children on the WellFest Instagram page over the weekend including a kids craft session on Sunday May 10th at 2pm.
 
The online edition of the festival will take place across two full days, recreating each area of WellFest from WellYoga to WellPilates and WellMind to WellFood. Festival favourites including author Roz Purcell, performance psychologist Gerry Hussey and fitness star Faisal Abdalla will be among those hosting classes, workouts and talks.
 
The timetable  gives details of the ‘headline’  speakers appearing at the festival over the course of the two days, with highlights including:
 
Saturday – KBC Virtual main stage
  • The Food Medic (Dr Hazel Wallace) in conversation with Roz Purcell
  • A parents and kids fitness session with MarcinsMonkeys
  • The Strength Temple, AKA former rugby player Richie Norton, will be leading a ‘Mind Body Movements’ session
  • Gerry Hussey will be speaking about the ‘power of our thoughts’
  • Faisal Abdalla will be leading a ‘HIIT Rave Workout’
 
Sunday – KBC Virtual Main stage
  • Lee Tracey will help kick start our day with a Morning Meditation, suitable for all levels and a great way to get warmed up for a full day of activities
  • Maeve Madden will be leading a ‘Crunch & Burn’ session
  • Parents and kids can join in for the Barretstown ‘Kids Craft’ session
  • Dietitian Orla Walsh will be live to answer all your nutrition questions
  • WellFest’s official gym partners FLYfit will close the two day event with their DanceFit class
 
Speaking about the announcement, WellFest co-founder Fionnualla Cleary said: “We wanted to give our amazing followers and attendees something to look forward to, and we thought it would be a nice way to mark the dates when the festival was originally due to take place. We have been working hard with our partners KBC to create Wellfest live.
 
“This is the first year we have an official charity partner, and we are delighted to be working with Barretstown. It’s a really tough time for charities at the moment, as all fundraising events have had to be cancelled. So, while this is a completely free event, we are hoping that anyone who is in a financial position to do so might give a small donation to Barretstown.
 
“The presenters that we have lined up have been amazing and really generous with their time, as well as innovative with how they’re going to bring their offering to the online event. We’re really excited to bring all of these amazing people together and create a little bit of the WellFest magic for people at home, while supporting a great cause.”
 
Aidan Power, Director of Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs at KBC, said: At KBC, we are delighted to be able to bring WellFest Live to the community on Instagram live. As people continue to navigate this new normal, wellbeing has never been so important and initiatives like this are crucial to lift spirits and bring people together online. We are really looking forward to WellFest Live and the strong line up announced.”
 
“This year we also expanded our KBC Wellgood programme which is now a ten week free online programme that includes a podcast series of interviews with health, wellbeing and fitness experts as well as guided video tutorials. Over the past few weeks we have seen high levels of engagement for the Wellgood programme as more and more people tune in online to stay active while staying safe at home and we are delighted to be able to bring such programmes to our customers and the community at times like this.”
 
WellFest LIVE will mark the dates that WellFest 2020 was due to take place, prior to being postponed due to restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The main WellFest 2020 event is now scheduled to take place on 26th and 27th September 2020 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
 
The full weekend timetable is available now at: https://www.wellfest.ie/community/wellfest-live