“What an amazing and wonderful and special conference you have organised and delivered. A real privilege to be there today to see such calibre and commitment to health and wellbeing from all your colleagues – inspirational!” 2017 conference delegate.
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Culture, Health and Wellbeing 

International Conference 2021


The next Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference will be on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2021. You can sign up for the newsletter to receive updates here:

None of us knows what June 2021 will feel and be like. In these disturbing times, we want to acknowledge the grief, loss and disruption to our world as well as speak of the extraordinary creative responses that we have seen in communities across the globe. 

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference will be an opportunity to reflect on our collective experience during Covid-19 and help us shape a different future as we emerge. Before lockdown we had agreed the themes for the conference would be Inequality, Power, and Sustainability. We can now add disruption, crisis and hope to help us frame the conversations we want to have. 

We would like to develop a collaborative and inclusive conference that as many people as possible can engage with in ways that are supportive and practical. We anticipate that speakers and delegates will be less inclined to fly across the world, even if they are able to, and we want to create an all-singing, all-dancing digital conference in addition to a physical gathering in Bristol, UK. We would also like to invite colleagues around the world to consider partnering with us to create satellite events and conferences which might link to each other in real time. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss ideas.


Prior to Covid-19, we were in discussion with a number of speakers, panellists and performers. We hope that they will all be able to take part either in person or via live links. These include Professor Pascale Allotey, Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health; Taru Koivisto, Director at the Department of Wellbeing and Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Dr Michael O’Bride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, and the team behind Our Future Foyle; and the Setúbal Music Festival Youth Ensemble, amongst others.

We will be announcing information on abstract submissions later in the summer and plan to open for submissions in September.

This conference is organised by Arts & Health South West in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.


The 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference involved over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries.

“This conference has, without a doubt, changed my life. Experiencing a range of approaches has given me invaluable insight and inspiration and challenged my thinking on different areas of arts and health. I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. Met some great visionaries too.”

Conference delegate feedback. 


You can read or download the full report here as a PDF, or read it online below.

For further information contact Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West:

Conference 2017 photo galleries

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Image credit: Urban Scale Interventions and Public Health NI