The Legend Ukrainian Dance Company were expressing the inner torment they are feeling for their home country as they solemnly slow marched through Melbourne city on Saturday in their national costume, bearing blank black flags.
The symbolism of their silence and dignity said more than a million words and stopped the traffic.
Rather than just suffer, these artists used their artistry to benefit their mental health by taking action. Their action highlighted the plight of their country and further demonstrated the arts as part and parcel of life, crucial for health and wellbeing.
They were leading the way in making the arts accessible for what matters.