Recording now available: AWAKE project’s roundtable ‘Arts & Wellbeing: Livelihoods and entrepreneurial opportunities for artists and cultural workers’

The eagerly awaited AWAKE project’s roundtable, titled ‘Arts & Wellbeing: Livelihoods and entrepreneurial opportunities for artists and cultural workers’, has successfully taken place on April 11th. We are thrilled to announce that the recording of this insightful event is now available for viewing.

The roundtable brought together a diverse audience across the globe – the event was joined by 92 attendees from 24 countries. The roundtable explored practical experiences, skills needed for sustainability, and access points for arts and culture practitioners into the health sector. We were also grateful to meet 32 attendees in the NDPC international follow-up discussion to further reflect on the roundtable’s insights. Looking forward to hear from our partners on the insights from the local follow-discussions in Finland and France.

Roundtable speakers were:

  • Kornelia Kiss, Head of Research and Development at Culture Action Europe
  • Angelica Postu, lead advocate of music therapy in Romania
  • Tine Van Goethen, Head of Audience Engagement Department at Bozar, Brussels
  • Isto Turpeinen, Senior Specialist at Art, Health and Wellbeing Advisory Service in Art Promotion Centre Finland
  • Julie Läderach, a cellist and Co-director of Collectif Tutti
  • Sylvain Méret, a dance performer, choreographer and Master Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist
  • Moderator: Inga Surgunte, Culture Programme Director at the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO

The recording of the roundtable is now available for viewing, offering valuable insights and perspectives for seasoned practitioners and aspiring entrepreneurs alike!

Join us on this transformative journey, promoting future solutions for cross-sectorial practices of cultural and health sectors! 

Recources and information about projects mentioned during the roundtable:


 The ‘AWAKE: Arts & Wellbeing as a Creative Business and Future Livelihood’ project aims to explore the intersection of arts and wellbeing from the perspective of creative business and future livelihood. 

By spotlighting emerging collaborative practices between arts and wellbeing, the project will:

– provide valuable educational material (a case book of business models);

– provide training opportunities (workshops and a bootcamp);

– facilitate a purposeful and diverse round table discussions.

Our goal is to create avenues for entrepreneurial ventures and business prospects within this dynamic field. The work on the implementation will span over two years from November 2023 until October, 2025. Read more about the project here

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union, European Commission or Creative Europe. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

‘AWAKE: Arts & Wellbeing as a Creative Business and Future Livelihood’ project is implemented by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture, in close partnership with The Lapinlahti hospital – Centre for Culture, Arts and Mental Well-being (Lapinlahden Lähde) from Finland, Cluj Cultural Centre (Centrul Cultural Clujean) from Romania and The Culture & Health Center (Pôle Culture et Santé Nouvelle Aquitaine) from France. We are glad to share the journey also with associated partners: Creative Industries Incubator by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA Radošo industriju inkubātors) from Latvia, The Tallinn Business Incubators Foundation (Tallinna Loomeinkubaator) from Estonia, Arts & Health Coordination Centre of the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences Taikusydän (Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu) from Finland, National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (Stichting Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst) from the Netherlands and Pauls Stradiņš Medical History Museum (Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs) from Latvia.