Big Anxiety Festival – what’s on in Parramatta?

Festival director Jill Bennett with Parragirls Jenny McNally, Lynne Edmondson Paskovski and Bonney Djuric.

The Big Anxiety Festival, the world’s biggest art and mental health festival, is continuing – and there’s several great events coming up in Parramatta.

Join festival organisers for a panel discussion, exploring the existing landscape and future possibilities of immersive technologies as a therapeutic and educational tool.

Led by virtual reality experts across neuroscience, film and art, you will hear about a number of works designed to challenge cognitive bias, decrease pain and anxiety, influence mood and energy and develop empathy through experience visualisation.

Virtual therapy panel includes:

  • Nick Busietta, managing director – Liminal VR
  • Joseph Purdam, co-founder and director – DREAM3D, Phoria
  • Rick Martin, COO – Equal Reality
  • Volker Kuchelmeister, art director and production design – Parragirls, Past, Present
  • Marilyn Le Tran, founding partner and industrial designer – Company of Unicorns
  • Moderated by Sarah Ticho

Demos will be available before and after the talk.

Virtual Therapy Panel Discussion @ Hub Three Check-in lounge. Saturday, 21 Oct, 2pm – 3pm. Book online.

Don’t forget to check out the Parra Girls exhibition – Parragirls, Past, Present.

A unique opportunity to visit the site of the old Parramatta Girls Home/Female Factory — guided by a new audio description developed for The Big Anxiety by the Parragirls who were resident in the girls home in the 1970s. A not-to-miss insight into institutional life, survival and the history of the nation.

A free bus is running every 30 mins from the Check-in Lounge at Riverside Theatres, Saturday, 21 October, 12pm-5pm — or you can follow a walk, taking in Parramatta Park (apocalypse anonymous), and the Justice Precinct (Myco Logic).

You can read a review of the project here online.

The Big Anxiety Festival runs until November 11.

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