Festival of Now



The Festival of Now is a major event during South Australia’s Mental Health Week. It is a
celebration of mental health, creativity and inclusiveness that challenges stigma and promotes
community connection.

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. View photos from 2019 here!

Please note,  due to sudden changes in COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia the organisers of the Festival of Now have had to make the sad decision to cancel our face-to-face Festival on Wauwi (Light Square) on Friday 4 December.

Our livestream will be free to view on December 4 from 10.30am. We will share the link in this event, but to make sure you don’t miss out:
1. Follow Festival of Now on Facebook at

2. Visit our website launching November 30th at


Festival of Now 2020 is made possible thanks to City of Adelaide, Centacare, Life Without Barriers,
Skylight Mental Health, Mind Australia, NEAMI National, Uniting SA, Uniting Communities, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden,
Sonder, OARS Community Transitions, Baptist Care SA, HYPA (SYC Ltd), Flourish Australia, and Youth Opportunities.


Get Involved

For more information about Festival of Now,
follow us on Facebook or contact Mental Health Promotions Officer, Anna Jeavons.