Well festival of arts and wellbeing

Every year WHAT joins forces with Garter Lane Arts Centre and the Waterford Library Services to celebrate the benefits of participation in the arts for everybody through the Well festival of arts and wellbeing. 

This week-long festival, which links to World Mental Health Day on 10 October, features a sub-festival of daily colourful spectacles and arts experiences with a healthy angle in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford.  The festival tests different ideas around the relationship between arts and wellbeing. For example, it features an innovative workshop involving GP trainees and architecture students which looks at the design of primary care spaces and the impact of these spaces. We haven’t had an earthquake lately is a public reading that invites people to share their favourite feel-good poem or piece of prose. The creative results of Iontas arts and mental health programme  and/or the Open Studio are showcased during the Well festival.