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Healing Arts Scotland

Mon 19 - Fri 23 August 2024

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Whether it’s dance classes, choir rehearsals, creative writing workshops or pot throwing, every day in Scotland fantastic events take place all across the country that help improve people’s wellbeing. 

Healing Arts Scotland is a week-long celebration of these events, highlighting the joy they bring to those who take part, and their importance to the nation’s physical, mental and social health.

This will be the first-ever countrywide Healing Arts campaign and will include a range of events including: celebratory performances, exhibitions, public art programmes, workshops, dialogues, media partnerships and a high-profile policy moment.

The key themes for the week are:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Dementia
  • Young peoples’ mental health
  • Social prescribing
  • Arts in confined spaces


The week is being led by Scottish Ballet as part of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab’s global ‘Healing Arts’ campaign in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, and will be produced together with a national coalition of organisations across culture, science, health, education and government.


The Healing Arts Scotland website is now live, packed full of details of events, performances, public art programmes, workshops and dialogues.



What’s On

We want you to get involved!

Organisations and groups are invited to join Healing Arts Scotland by registering their proposed activity, project or event. Please fill in the form below.


Our Partners

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Alongside Scottish Ballet and the Edinburgh International Festival, the partners helping to shape the week include Luminate, Health and Social Care Alliance (ALLIANCE), Intercultural Youth Scotland, Scottish Opera, Sistema Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, International Teaching Artists Collaborative, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Imaginate, Indepen-dance, Mental Health Foundation Scotland, Tonic Arts, The University of Edinburgh, Arts Culture Health & Wellbeing Scotland.