Image shown: Night Star Lanterns by artist Tom Meskell and volunteers from Waterford. These lit up the night at University Hospital Waterford for the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2018 in Waterford. Photo credit: Keith Currams.

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2019 is taking place from 7 to 12 October at various locations across Waterford City and County. Presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries, the festival is now in its seventh year and features 55 fun, inventive and sociable arts events for all ages.

Well Festival presents musicians, artists, poets, theatre makers, filmmakers and dancers, as well as a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences. In a new development for 2019, the festival will also feature a series of lunchtime talks presented by the Waterford Men’s Development Network and Healthy Ireland/Healthy Cities and an art project for people living with dementia.

Stories from the Well-field, a CPD session for artists interested in facilitating cross-artform participatory projects in care settings for older people, will take place on 9 October. Booking information can be found here.

Fifty-one out of the Well Festival’s 55 events this year are free, as a result of funding from the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi.

The programme for the 2019 festival will be launched on Monday 16 September in Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford at 11am.  All are welcome to attend.


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