Well Festival 2022

Open Call for annual We haven’t had an earthquake lately… 

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2022 invites readers to share feel-good poetry and prose 

Do you turn to a good book or poem to lift your spirits or be inspired?  If yes, then the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2022 wants you!  The festival is calling on all avid readers to submit their favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for We haven’t had an earthquake lately…., the much loved flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place online on Friday 11 February.  Submissions should be emailed to what@hse.ie  by Monday 24 January with “Earthquake” in the subject line.  Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this uplifting evening of readings and music.   Further details about the festival are available from www.wellwaterford.com  

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing champions and celebrates all the ways that the arts help us to feel good.  Taking place from 7-12 February 2022, the festival features an exciting line-up of fun, free, inventive and sociable arts events for all ages, with musicians, artists, poets, storytellers, filmmakers and dancers, in addition to a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences.  The full Festival programme will be available from www.wellwaterford.com at the end of January.

Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation and in line with public health guidelines, most events this year will once again take place online, giving this Waterford-wide festival the opportunity to reach beyond the county borders and welcome arts fans from near and far.  Each day, festival-goers will have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art and poetry, and to experience the joy of creativity through a myriad of workshops and interactive opportunities for all ages.

Announcing details of this year’s We haven’t had an earthquake lately, Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “We are thrilled to present Earthquake again this year, as it is consistently one of our most popular events every year, with a great number of keen Waterford readers seeking to share their favourite feel good writings with the wider public in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. This is our first time to hold the festival in February and we hope to bring everyone some light, colour and company to lift the dark winter days.  While we love to meet at Earthquake in person, we know from our experience in 2020 that the online version can be wonderful too, especially in the warm and welcoming hands of our Guest MC Catherine Drea.  Artist, photographer, writer and Chair of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Catherine has a wonderful way of reaching through the virtual wall and bringing the audience together for a very special evening.  We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to The Book Centre, Waterford, for their continued kind and loyal sponsorship of Earthquake.”

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City and County Council, with generous support from Sanofi.  The festival is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.  The full festival programme will be available shortly at www.wellwaterford.com  See the Well Festival also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   “We haven’t had an earthquake lately” is a quote from Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne.