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The Art of Wellbeing


The Parliament


12 December 2023

The art of wellbeing: How Europe is using culture for its health benefits

A year ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the world’s leading public health agency, focused its attention on an area outside its traditional remit of emerging epidemics, chronic diseases and primary health care – the arts. 

With the creation of the Jameel Arts and Health Lab, it launched a pioneering project aimed at exploring the positive effects of the arts on health and wellbeing alongside classical medical treatment, and with the aim of encouraging more initiatives in this area in Europe and beyond. 

“The arts are complimentary to more than medical approaches,” says Christopher Bailey, the WHO’s arts and health lead, based in Geneva. “It’s no different than recommending good behaviour or exercise. They’re a core part of what makes us human.

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