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Enthusiastic audience in the outdoor area at the Alpenrausch Festival at the Gasteig HP8
Copyright: Andreas Gebert/Gasteig

Information about the festival

The Mental Health Arts Festival at Gasteig HP8 offers lots of hands-on activities, workshops and panel discussions. Admission is free.

The Mental Health Arts Festival 2024

As more and more people suffer from mental health issues, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of focussing on this topic.  And yet, open public discourse on the issue is sparse. The Mental Health Arts Festival aims to change that.


The festival’s premiere at the Gasteig HP8 in the summer of 2023 was a great success. More than a thousand visitors took the opportunity to find out for themselves what they could do for their mental health. This year, too, events will take place in all halls and spaces of the Gasteig HP8: from dance, singing, drawing and writing workshops to meditation, relaxation training and even boxing. In lectures and panel discussions, experts and people with first-hand experience of mental health issues will shed light on the topic from different perspectives and offer an opportunity for discourse.


We will publish the 2024 festival programme here shortly.


The Mental Health Arts Festival is an event of the Gasteig Cultural Foundation in cooperation with Gasteig München GmbH, sponsored by the Beisheim Stiftung. In cooperation with Münchner Bündnis gegen Depression e. V. and Kriesendienste Bayern. Pur media partner is Bayern 2. With the kind support of Motel One

Innen, Tag. Auf einem Podium diskutieren zwei Frauen und zwei Männer. Davor stehen Zuhörende.
On a panel, two women and two men are discussing with a view of the audience, which is not visible in the picture.
On a panel, two women and two men are discussing with a view of the audience, which is not visible in the picture.
Several people of different ages and genders sit on cajons and take part in a drumming workshop.
In a dark room, four people sit on a stage for a panel discussion. In front of them, the heads of the audience are dimly visible.
A large group of people of different sexes and ages sing together. Many smile.
A white young man stands in front of a microphone and reads from a book.
A person sketches a car and a figure on a drawing pad with a few lines. You look over the person's shoulder at the sketch.
A panel discussion with three women and one man in front of an audience that is dimly visible in the foreground.
Eine sportliche, junge Frau macht Tanzschritte vor, denen andere folgen.
An athletic young woman demonstrates movements that others imitate.