The Thrive LDN Culture initiative follows recommendations from an independent report conducted earlier this year which identified opportunities for arts and cultural activities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners.
The report, carried out by Nikki Crane Associates, concluded that whilst arts and culture in London has great potential to support wellbeing, tackle inequalities and engage people from all backgrounds, there remains a disparity of access to arts and culture across London with a lack of joined up activity in this area.
The Thrive LDN Culture initiative is an ongoing project that will only get bigger and bolder; to get involved just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What have we done so far?
- For the second year running, we helped young Londoners to organise a World Mental Health Day Festival at City Hall. The festival is an ongoing partnership with the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team which took place throughout the public spaces of City Hall. The festival saw various activities including immersive plays, film screenings, live music performances, creative workshops, and panel discussions.
- We have partnered with Brixton Reel to organise a series of screenings from a new range of films and cabaret, debate, food, and music events to explore issues of mental health, wellbeing and identity. The events help to amplify traditionally unheard voices from African-Caribbean, Latin, Portuguese speaking, Black LGBTQ+ and Asian LGBTQ+ Londoners.
- We have partnered with London Arts in Health Forum for Creativity and Wellbeing Week, between 10-16 June. With over 200 events taking place across London, the aim of the week was to highlight the positive impact that participating in arts, cultural and creative activity can have on mental health and wellbeing.