Culture and Well-being Forum 2021

Initiated by the Cluj Cultural Centre in 2018, the Culture and Well-being Forum will take place this year around the theme “Scaling Up Arts and Culture Interventions for Health and Well-being”. The three-day program (October 25-27) includes panels, inspirational discussions, case studies, workshops, policy debates, and an artistic program.

The event is aimed at culture professionals, health practitioners, researchers, decision-makers and anyone interested in the arts and well-being.


Day 1, Monday, October 25th, 2021

18:00-19:00 CEST

Marc Vilanova – Invisible Sounds | Lecture Performance
Art Programme, Live event & Online Streaming (English)
Location: Casa Tranzit, Str G. Barițiu 16, Cluj

Day 2, Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

9:30- 11:00 CEST

Art for Health and Well-being Research: Ground or Path?
Panel Discussion, on ZOOM (English)
Hosts: Pier Luigi Sacco, Bruno Kessler Foundation & Rarița Zbranca, Cluj Cultural Centre
With: Francesco Molinari (tbc), Econcult – Research Center in Economics of Culture and Tourism, University of Valencia | MESOC – Measuring the Social Impact of Culture, Katey Warran, University College London | Designing and researching arts in health intervention, Kai Lehikoinen, CERADA Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts, The University of the Arts Helsinki

12:00-13:30 CEST

Programming Art for Well-being in Cultural Institutions

Panel Discussion, on ZOOM (English)

Host: Frédéric Meseeuw, BOZAR

With: Angeliki Lampiri (tbc), Elefsina 2023 European Capital of Culture, Ann Geeraerts, BOZAR, Jak Spencer, Urban Scales Interventions; Jure Kirbis, UGM


15:00-16:30 CEST

Cultural Interventions for Health

Panel Discussion, on ZOOM (English)

Host: Ștefan Teișanu, Cluj Cultural Centre

With: Mikkel Ottow, Central Denmark Region, Juliette le Corre, BOZAR, Angelica Postu, Romanian Association of Music Therapy, Charite Hospital’s Psychiatric University Center in Berlin, Diana Buluga, Create.Act.Enjoy & Marina Dascăl, Babeș Bolyai University


Day 3, Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

9.30 – 10.00 CEST
Keynote: Future Perspectives for Culture, health and Well-being
Keynote Lecture, on ZOOM (English)
Keynote: Pier Luigi Sacco, Bruno Kessler Foundation

10.00 – 12.00 CEST
Scaling Up Arts and Culture Interventions for Health and Well-being
Policy Workshop, on ZOOM Online Streaming (English)
Panel discussion
Hosts: Ștefan Teișanu & Rarița Zbranca, Cluj Cultural Centre
With: Piia Rantala-Korhonen, City of Oulu, Cultural Well-being Plan (tbc), Nils Fietje, WHO Europe, Globus Arts&Health Project, Monica Urian, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (tbc), Tere Badia, Culture Action Europe (tbc)

13:00-14:30 CEST
Open Space
Networking Event,  on ZOOM (English)
An online open space for artists and cultural practitioners with interest in health and well-being to connect, present relevant projects and discuss common challenges and possible collaborations. Topics and intentions to present projects to be sent in advance.

The full agenda of the event can be found here. 

Registration is free and open until October 24th at this link.

The Culture and Well-being Forum was initiated by the Cluj Cultural Centre in 2018. The 2021 edition of the Forum is organised as part of the Art & Well-being project which explores the potential of arts to enhance individual and community well-being. It is a collaborative initiative of Cluj Cultural Centre (RO – coordinator), BOZAR (BE), UGM Maribor Art Gallery (SI) and Bruno Kessler Foundation (IT). The project is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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