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Beyond the Fear of Death
In the modern world, death has largely been rendered invisible and relegated to the fringes of society. This festival brings death back to the middle of the city. Is death really as terrifying as we think, or are there other sides to death? Moving or humorous, perhaps? The aim of the festival is to explore this with you.
People don't like to think about death. Dying is their most fundamental fear, yet many people love films in which people suffer and die. In the research project 'Beyond the Fear of Death', scientists at Radboud University have been investigating for the past few years whether people use tragic entertainment to temporarily suppress their fear of death or to accept it and rise above it. This festival concludes the research.
At this festival, we want to bring art and science together around the topic of death. We do this by showing our research to people but also by letting people talk with us about the theme, their experiences and their ideas about death. It is precisely by seeking interaction that we want this festival to make people think about their own position on dying.