“A really good conference. If the first one was a four star, this was a five plus. I also learned new things which are already triggering some ideas plus had a lot of fun. Some excellent discussions with so many different people, plus making new connections.” Previous conference delegate.
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Culture, Health and Wellbeing 

International Conference 2021


The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference (CHW21) is on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2021

During the global crisis, the arts and creativity have helped us navigate uncertainty and been agents of hope. The conference will provide a space for exploring our individual and collective experiences and articulating a vision for the future. Our conference themes are Inequality, Power and Sustainability.


View the detailed Conference Programme and Parallel Sessions Breakdown on Airmeet here.

You download the latest quick view version of the programme here.

Tickets are available here.

The conference opens with the premiere of Cap O’Rushes, a new work by award-winning composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian with inclusive ensembles in Portugal and the UK. This production has been made possible by the support of Stichting Horizon

The Hon Carmel Sepuloni MP, Minister for Social Development & Employment, Minister for Disability Issues, Minister for ACC and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, New Zealand will give a keynote and Professor Pascale Allotey, from the UN University Institute for Global Health in Malaysia, will speak about ‘Culture is no excuse for Inequality’. 

Other keynotes include Lord Howarth of Newport, Chair of the National Centre for Creative Health, and Taru Koivisto, Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Finland, who will talk about policy at a national level. Artist, Kunle Adewale, will present his arts and health work in Nigeria and the development of a Pan-African fellowship programme. We have panels curated by colleagues in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Italy, USA, Wales and Scotland.

The programme draws on over 200 submissions for practice and research from 20 countries. You will have a choice of more than 90 presentations, workshops and films. They cover subjects as varied as dementia and the arts, hip hop therapy, young people’s mental health, singing for health, staff wellbeing and training, partnerships and access, population level research and theoretical contributions.

A ticket will give you full access to the live programme from 21st-23rd June and to recordings of sessions on demand until 25th June. The programme is designed to engage audiences from around the world with key notes in the morning, afternoon and evening and interactive sessions that take into account different time zones for presenters and audiences.

Tickets are available here.

A ticket gives you one log in for the whole conference.

  • Early Bird Tickets (£150): Available 8th March – midnight (GMT) on 7th May 2021.
  • Regular Tickets (£200): Available 8th May – 7th June (final booking deadline midnight GMT on 7th June 2021)

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



The Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference happens every four years, 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:

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