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The Big Anxiety Festival

Cultivating empathy in place of stigma, fear and discrimination and supporting mental health and suicide prevention

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 6 week 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.

The festival runs for 6 weeks across multiple venues, dates and times. Check website for specific event details.



Every day, 9am to 10pm

Friday 27 September to Saturday 9 November 2019

Days and times vary depending on event or exhibition


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