The Big Anxiety Festival: Mental Health, Science and the Healing Power of Art

  • 2017-09-27
  • The Guardian

The biggest mental health and arts festival in the world, it features artists and scientists from around Australia and internationally, staging more than 60 events. These include relaxing art installations, to talks, to an event called “Awkward Conversations” with an “emphasis on participation and people. It’s very bespoke one-on-one, relaxed conversations about mental health.”

So why a festival?

“We live in anxious time,” says Bennett. “Mental health is the one area of health where there are no cures. Some things work a little bit, but not completely. But maybe the arts can be part of the mix. There are very few areas of medicine where you could say that. But we haven’t really systematically explored the effects of arts on mental health.”