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Gap Filler presents: Moodshift

8 May 2019

MOODSHIFT: A colourful event series in the city encouraging workers to take a break for their wellbeing.

With the days getting colder and more routine as Winter looms, Gap Filler are helping to brighten up otherwise ordinary days for inner-city workers.

"Moodshift" is a free pop-up event series happening every Wednesday lunchtime in May, from 12:30-2pm at various locations around Cashel Mall. It is a project by Gap Filler with support from Christchurch City Council.

Based on the "Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work", the event series aims to support positive wellbeing amongst inner-city workers, encouraging them to take a micro-pause, and offering an invitation to participate in some fun. Each event is unique and in a different location, adding to the excitement of this playful series.

“We wanted to create an experience that was out of the ordinary, leveraging off the temporary nature of a pop-up event to bring surprise and delight to inner-city workers during an otherwise routine day” says Gap Filler Project Developer Rhiannon Josland.

While some will be aware of the event series, and perhaps turn it into a social outing with their colleagues, others will be caught off-guard on their way back from a meeting, or from popping out to grab lunch. The series utilises the playful elements of surprise, and encourages curiosity

The public are encouraged to follow Gap Filler on Facebook or Instagram for further clues and exact locations. They will be aware of a “pop-up” event happening, when it will take place and an approximate location, but won’t know what it is until they actually come along on the Wednesday. Each event is designed to allow anyone to participate (at a range of levels of engagement and time), without requiring them to bring anything along.

The first Moodshift (#1) was held on Wednesday May 1st, as a teaser event. Based around the theme of "giving", pedestrians crossing an intersection were instructed (through signage) to gift a sunflower from a bucket to a stranger as they crossed the street. Sunflowers were chosen as a symbol of friendship and joy. Project developer Rhiannon Josland says “this social experiment was a way to encourage social interaction between people we often pass by, but often don’t acknowledge on the street.”