The Big Anxiety Festival Naarm/Melbourne

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
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Today on Brainwaves, we talk about ‘The Big Anxiety, Melbourne Naarm: A cultural festival of lived experiences’. We chat to its co-directors Jill Bennett, Scientia Professor of UNSW Sydney, and Renata Kokanović, Professor of RMIT University.

Comprising a series events and exhibitions, the 3-week festival offers a range of creative and experimental experiences that advance innovations for mental health support, understanding and awareness.

The two co-directors will discuss the concepts behind the festival including how it repositions mental health as a collective community-based responsibility, why lived experience is at its core, and some of the many highlights.



‘The Big Anxiety’ 2022 runs from 21 September to 15 October. It is presented in partnership

UNSW Sydney and RMIT University, and the festival program is produced by @RMITCulture with @YarraRangesCouncil  


Find out more here:

Wednesday 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Challenging the mainstream, negative stereotypes of people with a mental illness ths program actively engages those living with a mental illness as researchers, interviewers, performers and program designers while promoting community mental health awareness.


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