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Melbourne Festival of Death and Dying


  • DanceHouse 150 Princes Street North Carlton, Victoria Australia (map)

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

Stretching over two days, from Saturday morning to Sunday at dusk, the Festival of Death and Dying includes over 30 workshops, performances, ceremonies and talks on different aspects of death and dying. In addition to talks and discussion, you'll have the opportunity to have experiences, which do justice to the full spectrum of what is at stake in mortality. All workshops are learner-centred and for every-body–both young and old, people of varied and all abilities.

The festival is a unique opportunity if you want to:

Learn more about death and dying in every sense;

Discover what new services and options are available for us today when coming into a death and dying process;

Develop an informed and discerning approach to what is offered by the medical and funeral industries;

Experience embodied, philosophical and artistic approaches to life and death;

Find a held environment in which to share, find support and reflect on mortality and the losses in our lives;

Celebrate, above all, the joy of living.

Earlier Event: May 13
Sydney Death Lab at Critical Path
Later Event: October 7
Sydney Festival of Death and Dying