The Big Anxiety – Festival of arts + science + people, brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century.
27 September to 9 November.
The Big Anxiety Festival, the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, returns in 2019 after the success of the inaugural Festival in 2017.
The month-long biennial Sydney festival promotes mental health and wellbeing in exciting arts projects that combine science and creativity. Unlike any other arts festival, The Big Anxiety has a unique practical focus, harnessing creative expertise to improve our capacity to take care of ourselves and others.
In 2019 the Festival’s focus is on Empathy and Stigma; Care and Healing; and Suicide Prevention.
Winner of the Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards 2018, the festival is a world leading initiative of UNSW Sydney in association with the Black Dog Institute with more than 25 partnerships across mental health and community organisations – including remote communities – as well as leading arts and community venues.