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Talinda Bennington Announces Inaugural 320 Festival & Mental Health Summit

Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s widow, has announced the inaugural 320 Festival, which sets out to bring awareness to the importance of mental health. 320 Festival is scheduled for May 9 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Organized by 320 Changes Direction, the organization Talinda created after her husband's death, and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, the event will consist of a benefit concert, film screenings, a free community event, and a mental health summit. The number 320 refers to Chester’s birthday, March 20.

The free community event will include "nonprofit activations, musical performances and kids activities." As for the mental health summit, there will be panels and roundtables to open up the conversation around mental health. The film festival will showcase films that take a closer look at mental health.

The benefit concert, “Songs That Saved My Life,” is a ticketed event and will feature performances by Everclear’s Art Alexakis, Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld, Kiiara, Social House, Gnash, Sum 41’s Frank Zummo, and Aunty Social.

“The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction,” Talinda said in a statement.

All of the profits from the festival will go to participating 320 Festival nonprofit organizations. For more information on the event, see the 320 Festival website.

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Article image: Chester Bennington during Linkin Park's show at the O2 Arena in 2014. (Chris Parker [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.)

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