|Cthonica co-presented with Kristian Santic. Image by Matthew Doueal.|
Where: Various locations across Brisbane
When: October 15 – November 4
Following its successful inaugural festival in 2016, Australia’s first arts and culture festival on death, dying and the best way to live returns with another curated program responding to this essential but avoided part of western culture.
MetroArts’ bi-annual multi-arts festival explores death literacy, grieving, and whole-hearted living through visual art, performance art, talks and discussions, theatre and everything in between.
“Unlike other cultures around the world where death is commemorated through joyous celebrations, here in Australia, we have largely taken grief and mourning behind closed doors,” said Metro Arts Creative Director and CEO Jo Thomas. “Deathfest gives us the opportunity to explore and embrace grief through shared heartbreak or soul-releasing stories. “Works on offer this year are a melting pot of ideas that unite people through shared experiences and stories challenging them to shift their perception and be open to new experiences.”
Deathfest 2.0 returns to Brisbane in 2018 featuring 13 profound works, including five world premieres and six national premieres, plus signature events from across the globe, including: