Special guest Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be the special guest speaker at the annual Worklink Stress Less Luncheon on Wednesday, October 11, at the Cairns Convention Centre. The event coincides with Queensland Mental Health Awareness Week and the aim of the luncheon is to raise awareness, reduce stigma and educate the community that people with a mental illness can be active contributors to the workforce. Tickets from www.trybooking.com In a remarkable choral event for Cairns, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir will be joined by the Cairns Songfest Choir to present Songs of My Country on Friday, October 13. The concert features both Australian and Austrian works, including the world premiere of a work by Owen Elsley and collaborator Gudju Gudju based on a Dreaming story of the Yidinji nation in the Cairns region for the combined ensembles. Cairns Convention Centre. Tickets from www.ticketlink.com.au Pandanus Gallery will launch a food inspired exhibition of Aboriginal art to coincide with Reef Feast at Palm Cove. The Bush Tucker exhibition featuring paintings from around Australia opens on Saturday, October 7, and runs until November 10 at Pandanus Gallery, Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove. Pictured is Bush Banana Dreaming. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from a diverse range of remote indigenous communities illustrating the food they hunt and gather on their traditional lands. Cape York born fashion designer, Shaun Edwards of Wild Barra will present his fourth season collection of men’s and women’s garments at a fashion parade on Sunday, October 8. The event, being held from 4pm at Tanks Arts Centre, is a showcase Wild Barra’s latest range of swimwear for men and women, shirts, pants, dresses and tops styled for a tropical summer. The fashion parade is free entry and part of the Tropical Pride Festival program.