Image shown: Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing: Keynote speaker Dr. Gabriel Scally.

Dr Gabriel Scally will give his perspective on the importance of the arts in the challenging times of Covid-19 during an online conversation on 5 October as part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2020.

A native of Belfast, Dr Gabriel Scally is currently visiting Professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol, and President of the Epidemiology and Public Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Scally is also a member of the Independent SAGE, a group of scientists in the UK dedicated to providing open and independent advice on navigating Covid-19. Earlier this year, Dr Scally served on an Advisory Group set up by the Arts Council to identify ways for the arts sector to deal with the pandemic.

Dr Scally will be in conversation with Jennifer O’Connell, staff features writer and opinion columnist with The Irish Times, and a reflection will be offered by Anne Woodworth. Anne is a professional singer, choral director, music educator, Chair of the Symphony Club of Waterford and Chair of Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

The inaugural Well Festival Keynote: Why Arts? is taking place on Monday 5 October at 7pm IST.

Admission is free but registration is essential:

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City and County Council, with generous support from Sanofi. Renew: Arts and Older People, the new programme strand for 2020, is funded by Creative Ireland under their Creativity in Older Age programme. The festival is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.


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