The Centacare Men’s Hub will be holding an event featuring live music, art and guest speakers this Saturday to commemorate International Men’s Day and get men out of their shell and talking to people. The event will be the hub’s first to mark International Men’s Day, and the organisation hopes it can bring men together and introduce them to the number of services and programs it offers. Musicians Darcy Hay, Steve Grice, Malcolm Walalgie and a number of other names will be delivering live music while local artist Shah Jackey presents a performance art piece. Reto Blanke from Headspace will be talking about the importance of mateship for health and wellbeing, while NBN’s Anita Bennet will talking about relationships in the online age. Men’s Hub co-ordinator Alex Andonovski encouraged men to “bring a mate” along to meet new faces. “Bring someone that’s never been here, a mate could be any gender … to see what Men’s Hub can offer to you or your mate,” he said. The Men’s Hub runs a number of programs and offers a wide variety of help for men, whether that’s offering spaces for socialising, advice on parenting, counselling, education, referrals or even help using technology. Mr Andonovski said isolation was a critical issue facing men, which the hub was trying to address by getting men together. “Connections with other people, other men is an issue, because when you isolate yourself it can be very difficult to make new connections,” he said. Once men are able to talk with others, major issues like mental health, poverty and emergencies often become much easier to solve, Mr Andonovski said. “The more men that know about us, that we are here to provide that support, the better.” The event will be held at 9am at Centacare Men’s Hub on Saturday 19.