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Better cities: How can we contribute to increasing the quality of life and well-being of the inhabitants of Cluj, capitalizing on the potential of art and culture?

3 December 2019 | Centrul Interdisciplinar pentru Știința Datelor, Avram Iancu Street, no. 68, 5th floor

On the basis of growing and consistent evidence on the positive effects of arts on health and well-being, Cluj Cultural Centre continues to create frameworks for productive conversations between artists, cultural workers, scientists, psychologists, health professionals and city planners, looking for culture-inspired perspectives on „better cities”. What are the key emotional, mental and health challenges of contemporary urban dwelling? How can arts and cultural participation be part of the solution to these challenges? What type of interdisciplinary programmes and policies have the potential to increase the quality of life and well-being of people living in cities?

The Art&Well-being Think Thank, following last years’ Culture and Well-being Forum, take part within Inner Space, the Centre’s project exploring the relation between culture and well-being. Inner Space works to establish a Culture and Well-being Think Tank, an expert group to support both cultural organisations and public authorities in their effort to deliver art interventions and opportunities for cultural participation to improve health and well-being of individuals and communities. Inner Space pilots such interventions and actively engages in promoting well-being in the city of Cluj-Napoca, focusing on both inner and public spaces.

Confirmed contributors:

  • Adela Fofiu, Senior Social Scientist, Prisma Analytics
  • Dr. Daniel David, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology
  • Guido Ferilli, IULM University, Milan
  • Nils Fietje, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Ralph Alwani, Urban Scale Interventions
  • Rarița Zbranca, Cluj Cultural Centre


  9.30 – 10.00 Registration and Welcome Drinks

10.00 – 11.00



Understanding the challenges

11.00 – 12.00 Focus: Art, well-being and public space
12.00 – 12.30 Break: snacks and drinks
12.30 – 14.30

Perspectives: programmes and policies


Art&Well-being Think Tank is addressed to specialists, but not exclusively. All those interested in the proposed topic are welcomed. We have limited available places. Participation is free of charge and is based on registration via e-mail at contact@cccluj.ro. For registration, please provide your name, surname, phone and your motivation to attend to the event, no later than December 2.