84% of Brighton residents engaged in an arts activity in a 12 month period (Public Health Report, 2018)
Brighton is the happiest place to live in UK (OnePoll 2017) A happy accident?
Can you really improve your health by doing arty things?
For the second year running Brighton is hosting its own inspiring contribution to the national Creativity & Wellbeing week from June 10th-16th. Curated by local artist and mental health advocate Vikki Parker, a broad spectrum of easily accessible, participatory arts events & workshops to support your health and wellbeing, will be on offer at a range of venues across the city.
See the full Brighton programme here https://www.facebook.com/events/1111419295727410/
Supported by the London Arts in Health Forum & the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, the festival has been running for eight years and is going national. Last year around 35k people took part in hundreds of public events for people to learn how the arts and creativity can improve health and wellbeing.
‘Before reaching crisis point, the public can engage with their local services to prevent ill-health and improve their quality of life.’Jenni Regan (LAHF)
See full National programme here www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk
‘I never knew I had so many inner resources and could feel so great about myself,’said one of last year’s participants.
A highlight of the week is a joint collaboration between local Government Living Well Group, the RSA & Brighton University. An invited audience of 80 changemakers, funders, creatives and academics focussed on pioneering ways to illustrate a new landscape for wellbeing through creativity will come together at ‘More Culture, Less Medicine’ on June 12that the Sallis Benney Theatre.
So after you’ve feasted on the delights of the Brighton Fringe, and your creative spirit has awoken, put your own health & wellbeing first and start building your arty self-help toolkit through one of our workshops. What steps will YOU take to feel better?
Want to know more about why Brighton is becoming a City of Excellence for arts and wellbeing? Read the latest Public health report, ‘The Art of Good Health’ by Alistair Hill (Director of Public Health) https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/health/public-health-brighton-hove/annual-report-director-public-health
Art Yourself Alive!