Image shown: Well Festival 2017: Sensory art play

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017 takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 October in Waterford with a line-up of 36 fun, inventive and sociable arts events throughout Waterford City and County, for all ages, all free. The Well festival champions the health benefits of participation in the arts by everyone.  

This year’s festival presents musicians, artists, filmmakers and storytellers from home and abroad and, to celebrate its fifth birthday, a new programme of free events for children entitled “Wellies”.

The festival kicks off on Monday 9 October with a celebration of singing and art at Central Library, Lady Lane at 11am.

Highlights of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017 programme include:

  • The Creative Check Up, a light-hearted “mobile hospital” where participants can have their artistic health checked and go home with a prescription for a daily dose of arts experiences
  • Dance for Parkinson’s, a gentle movement class for people with Parkinson’s and carers
  • Daily lunchtime live music sessions in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford (UHW)
  • A book club social with award-winning writer Claire Keegan
  • Visual art and photographic exhibitions by Darragh Lyons, Sinéad McDonald, Debbie Godsell, Keith Currams and a group of asylum seekers living in direct provision in Waterford
  • Night Flowers, a night-time installation of flower lanterns in the grounds of UHW
  • A workshop for musicians working in healthcare
  • The ever-popular festival flagship event We haven’t had an earthquake lately, with guest MC, WLR’s Mary O’Neill
  • For children, the newly titled “Wellies” programme includes storytelling, art workshops, movies at Garter Lane Arts Centre and live music in the Paediatric Ward at UHW.

The full programme can be accessed HERE

Events take place at University Hospital Waterford, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Studios, and Waterford Libraries, including Central Library, Tramore Library, Kilmacthomas and Carrickphierish, as well as The Book Centre and the Waterford Greenway.

Well festival is funded by the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi, and is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries. 

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