Home » Culture & Well-being Forum | 26-28 October 2022 | Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Culture helps us foster a sense of meaning and identity, it  can expand horizons, place contemporary challenges within an historical frame, and inspire us to imagine a better future. Beyond economic benefits, promoting social cohesion, and inspiring contemporary creativity, the arts contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Although in 2019 the World Health Organization has published a report with evidence on the role of the arts in improving health, this evidence is not yet widely known and followed up on policy level in most countries.

Cluj Cultural Centre and its partners aim to bring together at Culture and Well-being Forum 2022 policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all around Europe to discuss the opportunities for joint policy and action among the health, cultural and social sectors. Following the CultureForHealth policy workshops from Denmark and Italy, the event is facilitating cross-sectoral and trans-European cooperation aiming to generate knowledge and compile policy guidelines on how to enhance well-being through culture.

The event consists of three days of policy dialogue, roundtables, workshops and conversations around inspiring case studies. It includes two days of public conference sessions and a one day ideathon where invited experts will draft recommendations for policies at local, national and EU level on how to harness the power of the arts to more effectively address global health and social challenges. The working sessions are based on the findings of the “CultureForHealth Scoping review of culture, well-being, and health interventions and their evidence, impacts, challenges and policy recommendations for Europe” to be officially launched on November 16th 2022.

The event will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and it is planned for in-person participation. The event will be held in English, simultaneous translation into Romanian will be provided for the public session of the 27th of October.

Join us for the Culture and Well-being Forum 2022, which is dedicated this year to the CultureForHealth initiative!