Do you think about death and dying?


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 second Sydney edition of the Festival of Death and Dying.The festival will take place 7-8 October 2017 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

This week two articles about the upcoming Festival were published in the Sydney Morning Heraldone focussing on the work of Michael Barbato, Efterpi Soropos and Jessie Williams and the other on the work of Tina FiveAsh and Peter Banki. Testate Lawyer Donal Griffin also spoke last week to News.comRead also about the recent festival on 9-10 September 2017 in Melbourne on ABC News and in the Sydney Morning Herald and in 18-20 November 2016 in Sydney in the GuardianNews.comABC Radio National, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.  

Testimonials From Our Attendees

The 2018 Sydney edition of the Festival will be announced soon. Below is the 2017 edition. It is possible to buy Super Early Bird Tickets for the 2018 edition on 22-23 September now

Our Workshops and Performances

Sydney Festival Schedule

All workshops are learner-centred and for every-body–both young and old, people of varied and all abilities.

Our Presenters and Performers