The Festival of Now is a major event during South Australia’s Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a
celebration of mental health, creativity and inclusiveness that challenges stigma and promotes
The Festival of Now is run by a committee of members from NGOs under the Mental Health
Coalition of SA. It was originally designed to cater mostly for the Mental Health sector:
consumers, carers and mental health workers.
Attractions at the festival include live music and performance, free food, arts and crafts, games,
animals, face painting, a chill-out zone, mental health and wellbeing information stalls and more.
All artists who take to the main stage, and those who facilitate creative workshops or peer
sharing circles, have a lived experience of mental illness.
The Festival of Now is a positive event that not only brings all facets of the sector together but
provides an opportunity for collaboration and cross-promotion, broadening the understanding of
mental health in the community.
Festival of Now 2020 was made possible thanks to City of Adelaide, Centacare, Life Without Barriers,
Skylight Mental Health, Mind Australia, NEAMI National, Uniting SA, Uniting Communities, Sonder, OARS Community Transitions, Baptist Care SA, HYPA (SYC Ltd), Flourish Australia, and Youth Opportunities.