Creativity and Wellbeing week is run by London Arts in Health and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The festival started as a small event based in London in 2012 , to coincide with the Olympics. Last year, the week went national for the first time – allowing thousands more people across the UK to participate in culture and creative activities. The festival creates core partnership events, while encouraging and supporting organisations and individuals to organise their ownactivities..
Events can take any art form and can be held in clinical settings, cultural buildings or in the community – as long as they involve either accessing or participating in cultural activities that improve health or wellbeing.
We know that having access to culture and creativity can help us stay well, get well and live longer high quality lives.
There are many different forms creativity and culture can take and activities are often suitable from cradle to grave.
Our vision is that everyone can access high quality arts and creative activities, which improve health and wellbeing. Whatever their background and circumstances and wherever they live.
Our festival encourages everyone to try out arts and health activity whilst also showcasing some of the fantastic projects in the UK.
With debates and discussions, performances and exhibitions, tours and practical sessions, the Week is an opportunity to find out more, make connections, be inspired, and shape the future of arts, creativity and wellbeing.
We also curate sector events bringing together leading voices to discuss innovations and issues in the field. And support practitioners through learning and networking opportunities.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020. As a festival focusing on health and wellbeing, we feel as though it would be irresponsible to encourage public events at this time. We understand that this is not yet official government advice, however, given the timing of the festival, we are concerned that it will be taking place at a possible peak of the virus.
This is a fast-moving situation and is entirely unprecedented for all of us, so please bear with us as we navigate the next few weeks.
For those who have already put time and resource into events, we are sorry this is happening. There is nothing to stop you deciding to host events of course, and we will leave you to make that judgement, however, at this stage, we will not be marketing or hosting any events using the Creativity and Wellbeing banner.
Currently, we see this very much as a postponing and will be following advice around rescheduling the week later in the year. We are also looking into ways we can host some kind of virtual or digital festival in that week. If you have any ideas, please let us know.
We know that this is a worrying and unsettling time for many, and we need creativity and connection more than ever. We will be doing all we can as organisations to support our members and keep connections active.
Best wishes Jenni, Neil, Victoria and Hayley