Student Knowledge Exchange: NHS & RCSSD Project Festival – until 26 March 2021

This celebration of the Student Knowledge Exchange project between The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust shares insights, learning, and achievements from the projects. The events are centred around the individual programmes undertaken as part of the broader Innovating Knowledge Exchange: Student Involvement in Delivering Better Patient Experience in the NHS project jointly funded by Research England and the Office for Students.

Age of Creativity Festival – 1 to 31 May 2021

This year’s Age of Creativity Festival is all about events and activities for, with and by older people. The redesigned website accommodates both online events and downloadable activities for people who are not tech savvy.  

If you’re running a relevant event in May, you are welcome to add it to the Festival’s website. Any event registered before 31 March will be considered for the Activity a Day diary, which will contain a different activity for each day of the month. This will be distributed via Age UK to people at home. 

Mindscapes – 19 April to 16 May 2021

Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a free programme of art, events and discussion taking place in Manchester this spring. It explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives. The event is the result of a two-year collaboration between artists and arts organisations in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working together with local communities.

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Medical Culture Festival: Life Saviours Then and Now – 17-24 February 2021

The London Bridge Medi-Culture District partners are launching a new free online festival to celebrate medical heritage, health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge. The online programme of free events includes talks, panel discussions, workshops and walking tours about the history of medicine and the future of health.

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Being Human – 12-22 November 2020

Being Human aims to engage the public with the best innovative research taking place across the humanities. Free events are taking place across the country, led by researchers from 81 universities and research organisations in partnership with artists and performers, museums and heritage sites and community groups and charities. Inspired by this year’s theme ‘New Worlds’ there are events on everything from science-fiction futures, to immersive explorations of the past, to the role of the humanities in the present.

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Festival of ideas – 2-13 November 2020

Join the Centre for Cultural Values for ten days of free online events exploring and questioning the value of culture through a series of discussions and interactive workshops. The programme will include workshops and webinars with opportunities to shape the Centre’s research, hear about research findings and discuss questions of cultural value. All events will have live transcription.

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London's World Mental Health Day Festival 2020 – 10 October 2020

The Mayor of London's Peer Outreach Team and Thrive LDN are marking World Mental Health Day 2020 with a young Londoner-led virtual festival. This year's festival programme is focused on building resilience and promoting positive wellbeing.

The free online event will see various activities, workshops and performances to offer a platform for young people to discuss the challenges faced during COVID-19 and explore shared experiences of inequality and issues raised through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Age of Creativity collection of events and resources – ongoing

The Age of Creativity Festival may be postponed until October, but the team have pulled together a compendium of free creative online events, including those suitable for people in a care home setting or those living with dementia. Virtually tour the world's best museums, take a dance class, join a choir, watch quality theatre productions, or stretch your brain with a short university course.

Further information can be found here


Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

The Big Draw announces festival's 20th anniversary theme

Visual literacy charity The Big Draw has announced that its annual festival of creativity will be based around the theme Climate of Change and will be called The Big Green Draw Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, the festival will focus on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.


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