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Christchurch Communication Festival

Christchurch Communication Festival

Tuesday 16 September, 2014. !

On Friday October 3 from 1:00-2:00pm, adults with neurogenic communication disorders will gather at the Cashmere High School Performing Arts Centre to entertain an expected audience of 300-400 for the Christchurch Communication Festival.

This free community concert aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by adults with communication disorders due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions. The concert is part of the International Communication Project (; a global initiative which aims to highlight the importance of human communication – and how communication disabilities significantly impact every aspect of life. It follows closely on the heels of New Zealand Speech-Language Therapy Awareness Week (15 - 21 September)

Guest performers include the Cantabrainers Choir, Jolt dance group, and other inspiring individuals who will share their experience of living with a communication disorder. The Cantabrainers Choir is a therapeutic choir for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis. The choir aims to improve and maintain communication through physical, social and emotional means. It differs from other choirs as the singing is about learning to use the voice effectively, in a fun way; performance is less important. The choir is run by Therapy Professionals Ltd who provide a Music Therapist and Speech-Language Therapist to support the choir.

Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities - just imagine if you couldn’t speak for a single day, let alone a lifetime. Come and support these inspirational people in their quest to raise awareness about communication disorders.

For more information, view the event online at or contact Amy Eastwood ( or Annette Rotherham (


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