Panel Discussion - No culture, no health!

Project: Arts on Prescription
Physical Meeting
Panel discussion in the context of the LAMPA Saruna festivāls


Since 2023, Cēsis Municipality has been implementing the Arts on Prescription programme in the framework of the Interreg BSR project Arts on Prescription in the Baltic Sea Region. In this programme, people in the county can be referred by medical or social workers to regular cultural and art activities in group settings to improve their mental well-being.

The project is based on a holistic understanding of human health as a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO definition) and the influence of various factors, including culture, on it. In the last decade, a considerable body of research has demonstrated the importance of culture and arts in treating, preventing and promoting health. This has led to relevant health and culture policies, such as Health 2020: A European strategic framework for action at all levels of government and society in support of health and well-being and the EU Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026.

In this panel discussion, experts, practitioners and policy-makers in the fields of culture and health will discuss the status quo of sectoral cooperation in Latvia and jointly outline idealistic and realistic visions for strengthening it.

Inga Surgunte (Moderation)
Head of the Cultural Sector of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, Project Lead Latvia "Arts on Prescription in the Baltic Sea Region 2023-2025" in Cēsu County.
Marta Krivade
Mental Health and Addictions Policy and Services Specialist
Uldis Zarins
Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia for cultural policy issues
Edgar Niklason
director and playwright
Dr. med. Liene Sile
Head of the education and research department of VSIA "Rīga Psychiatry and Narcology Center".


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    Past events

    4th Physical Project Partner Meeting of the AoP consortium
    Project: Arts on Prescription
    Physical Meeting
    18. - 20. June 2024
    EX-IN Deutschland e.V. - Annual Conference 2024
    Project: Arts on Prescription
    Physical Meeting
    06. - 08. June 2024
    Kulturtræf 2024
    Project: Arts on Prescription
    Physical Meeting
    29. May 2024
    08:30 - 17:00 (CET)