Do you think about death and dying?


ABC Segment on the Festival of Death and Dying 2017

In contemporary Western culture death and dying are generally regarded as something to fight against, deny, hide from public view and above all fear. But what if we were to look at them differently? Despite understandable fear and denial, we may have very good reasons to want to learn more about death and dying. Thinking about and experiencing mortality–our own and that of others–can make us our lives richer, deeper and more valuable to us. Mortality in truth is the intensification of life.

We are announcing the 2018 Sydney edition of the Festival of Death and Dying.The festival will take place 22-23 September 2018 at 1c New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay. There will be over 20 participatory workshops, performances, talks and ceremonies on different aspects of death and dying over two days. In addition to talks and discussions, you will have experiences, which do justice to the full spectrum of what is at stake in mortality. 

Festival Director: Peter Banki, Ph.D

Curatorial Advisor and Festival Dramaturgy: Victoria Spence


Testimonials From our Participants

Read recent articles about the Festival of Death and Dying in the Sydney Morning Herald, on the ABC, and News.com

The 2018 Sydney Festival Program

Saturday 22nd September

Sunday 23rd September

Our Presenters and Performers