Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2018 is upon us!

Singing, painting, feel good movies, inspirational speakers, exhibitions and giant stars… 
Would you like to step away from the daily grind for a moment of creativity?  Well_Festival2018_poster_A3The annual Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing runs throughout Waterford City and County from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 October, with a kaleidoscope of fun, inventive and sociable arts events for all ages.  The Well festival champions the health benefits of participating in the arts and features music, art, poetry, storytelling, theatre and film, and an extended programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences.  46 out of the Well Festival’s 49 events this year are free, as a result of its funding from the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi.  The festival is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.  Further details from www.wellwaterford.com and follow the Well Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each day of this year’s festival, Waterford people have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art, theatre, film, poetry and literature and to experience the joy of creativity through dance and traditional song sessions, creative writing and art workshops, and wellbeing events for all ages.

Day-by-Day Highlights of Well Festival 2018 include:

Exhibitions all week:
– Can You See What I See?, by Caroline Hyland, at University Hospital Waterford (UHW)
– Life and Dreams, by Eleanor Horan and John Gallagher at Central Library
– Stampa Ora/Print Now, by the Italian National Association of Contemporary Printmakers and Cork Printmakers, at Garter Lane Arts Centre
– This is WHAT We’re All About, by participants of Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s Open Studio and service users of the Activation Therapy Unit at St Otteran’s Hospital, at Goma Gallery of Modern Art.
– Stars at Night, an installation of giant star lanterns by artist Tom Meskell and the Waterford community, at the back of University Hospital Waterford (7pm-9pm)

Monday 8 October:
– Creative Europe Funding Workshop, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 10am
– Chill Out Charlie, mindfulness session for 5-8 years with AnnMarie McCarthy, Garter Lane Studios, 11.30am
– Get Brassy! Upbeat lunchtime performance at UHW foyer, 1pm
– Lastingly, workshop for artists working in palliative care settings, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, 2pm (booking essential)
– Feel Good Movie Time! Carrickphierish Library, 2.30pm
– Healing Sounds on the Wards, music session with Eoin O Meachair and Sharon Scanlon, 7pm (for patients and their families)

Tuesday 9 October:
– Crochet Demo, Brown’s Road Library 11am, Tramore Library 3pm
– Introduction to Creative Writing, with Tom Mullane, Brown’s Road Library, 10.30am
– I AM BABA, theatre for babies, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
– Lunchtime concert with flute player Gerard Dower and pianist/composer Marian Ingoldsby, UHW foyer, 1pm
– Writing a poem for a loved one, with poet Lani O’Hanlon, Cappoquin Library, 2pm
– Welly Tales, storytelling in Paediatric Ward, UHW, with Ardkeen Library and WHAT (for patients and families).
– Feel Good Kids Movie Time! Carrickphierish Library, 2.30pm

Wed 10 October:
– Fun Nature Walk, with Paddy Dwan, at the People’s Park, 10am (school event)
– Mini Musos Music and Movement, workshop for 0-5yrs, Tramore Library 11am, Central Library 2pm
– Light-hearted lunchtime gig by the UHW Staff Band!
– Yo-Yo Yoga, for 5-8 years, Garter Lane Studios, 1.30pm
– #Modwords writing workshop, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 5.30pm
– Who Am I? Art workshop for teenagers, Kilmacthomas Library, 6pm
– Scribblers public reading, Central Library, 6.30pm
– The Bilberry Goats “I do, I do, So I do”, comedy, Garter Lane, 8pm (continues until Saturday)

Thursday 11 October:
– Rise: International Day of the Girl, inspirational speakers for second level students all day at Carrickphierish Library, 10am-5.30pm (school event)
– Traditional Singing, with Aileen Lambert, Dungarvan Library, 10am and 11.30am (school event)
Messy Play, sensory art workshop for 1-3 years, Garter Lane Studios, 10.30am
– Singing for Wellbeing, talk on the health benefits of singing, with Anne Woodworth, followed by a performance by the Bealtaine Choir, Central Library, 10.30am
– Can You See What I See? Free public talk by artist Caroline Hyland about her exhibition, UHW, 11am
– Heritage Walk around Portlaw, from Portlaw Library, 11am
– Identity, art workshop, Tallow Library, 11am
– Origami workshop, Central Library, 12 noon
– Sometimes, film by Little Red Kettle and the Traveller Youth Support Project, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 12pm and 2pm
– Print a Gift, with artist Anne McDonnell, UHW foyer, 1pm
– Best Foot Forward, dance workshop for 50yrs+ with Dee Grant, Garter Lane Studios, 2pm
– #Modwords, writing workshop for teens, Garter Lane Studios, 5.30pm
– Official launch by Ben Hennessy of This is WHAT We’re All About, by participants of Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s Open Studio and service users of the Activation Therapy Unit, St Otteran’s Hospital, at Goma Gallery of Modern Art.
– Book Club Social, with Niall de Búrca, Tramore Library, 7pm

Friday 12 October
– Writing for Wellness, workshop with Lani O’Hanlon, Lismore Library, 11am
– Art in Unexpected Places, surprising artworks at UHW, 11am-4pm
– Mini Musos Music and Movement, workshop for 0-5yrs, Ardkeen Library, 2pm
We haven’t had an earthquake lately… Light-hearted celebration of reading, with guest MC poet Edward Denniston: The Book Centre, 6pm

Saturday 13 October:
– Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning, Dungarvan Library, 10.30am
– Women’s Creative Café, inspirational speakers at The Granary Café, 6pm
– Visual art exhibitions continue at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Goma Modern Art Gallery, Central Library and UHW.

Further details, ticket information and the full Well Festival programme are available from www.wellwaterford.com and from any of the festival partners:
Waterford Healing Arts Trust: www.waterfordhealingarts.com / (051) 842664
Garter Lane Arts Centre: www.garterlane.ie / (051) 855038
Waterford City and County Libraries: http://waterfordlibraries.ie/ (0761) 102975