The Big Anxiety Festival – Awkward Conversations 7-8 Oct

Illustration by Megan Herbert.

Awkward Conversations

WHERE The Garden Building, RMIT University

WHEN Friday, 7 Oct 2022, 11:00am – Saturday, 8 Oct 2022, 04:00pm

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Awkward Conversations features artists with lived experience tackling anxieties, habits and hard-to-talk about subjects around mental health in intimate one-on-one conversations with audience members. 



Sometimes the best conversations are awkward. What if you say the wrong thing? What if you make too much eye contact? Or not enough? What if nothing is spoken at all? Or your conversational partner is unlike anyone you have ever met before?  

Awkward Conversations plays with the idea that discussions about mental health are inevitably ‘awkward’, setting creative artists and inspiring thinkers the task of making them inviting, accessible, stimulating, meaningful and personal.  

Participants are invited to engage in one-on-one conversations with guest artists Clem Bastow, Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, Debra Keenahan, Dani Leever, Tom Middleditch, Peta Murray, Khin Myint, Nicola Redhouse, Daniel Regan and Anna Spargo-Ryan. Maybe you’ll have a discussion with someone unexpected, sit in silence, or talk through the experience of being different. 

Awkward Conversations is a series of one-on-one encounters that interrogate and expand on what constitutes a conversation.  

To participate in this event you must be 18+. 

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and UNSW as part of The Big Anxiety