We are looking for cultural partnerships across the UK who can help us deliver headline events and bring the transformational power of creativity on health and wellbeing to a wider audience.
There is growing evidence that creative and cultural activity can lead to improved health and wellbeing. We want to develop deeper partnerships with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, social care providers and others to support further research in this area, learn from what is proven to work internationally, and explore the potential of promising new approaches such as social prescribing
The festival is a fantastic opportunity for our cultural partners to find out more about arts and health and work with us to further develop activities in this sector.
We have the knowledge, expertise and relationships within the sector and would love to share this with our cultural partners and support organisations to create a sustainable arts and health offering.
Last year the week kicked off with a Creative Health Conference at the Southbank Centre that included keynotes from both the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive. The event was attended by over 700 people from across the arts, health and academic sectors.
Here, in a film from our 2019 partner Thrive LDN Gillian Moore, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, introduces the conference:
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