One observation in the WHO study states that "dance has been found repeatedly to provide clinically meaningful improvements in motor scores for people with Parkinson’s disease".

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health. This is a key conclusion of a new report from the WHO Regional Office for Europe analysing the evidence from over 900 global publications – the most comprehensive review of evidence on arts and health to date.

“Bringing art into people’s lives through activities including dancing, singing, and going to museums and concerts offers an added dimension to how we can improve physical and mental health,” says Dr Piroska Östlin, WHO Regional Director for Europe a.i.

“The examples cited in this groundbreaking WHO report show ways in which the arts can tackle ‘wicked’ or complex health challenges such as diabetes, obesity and mental ill health. They consider health and well-being in a broader societal and community context, and offer solutions that common medical practice has so far been unable to address effectively,” Dr Östlin explains.

The report reviews arts activities that seek to promote health and prevent ill health, as well as manage and treat physical and mental ill health and support end-of-life care.

Read more about the study here.

Download the study: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review (2019)

The links between Arts and Health

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health - a statement from WHO/Europe

Main picture: Dance Well class during B.Motion 2019, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

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Di:Vision

11-13 December 2020

a three-day online event hosted by Lokomotiva and Oracle Cultural Network

Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Republic of North Macedonia) in partnership with Oracle Cultural Network organise the 22nd “Oracle - International Congress of Cultural Managers and Cultural Operators”, a three-day online event.

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What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.

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Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 

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#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.

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TACTO

Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.

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Tanzmesse Online Platform

27 August 2020 | Online

Watch the recording online

Due to Covid-19 containment measures, the Tanzmesse did not take place physically in 2020. But a full online programme was realised, which you can now find on Youtube through this article!

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Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.

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Tanz im August

21–30 August 2020 | Online

Resources from the Special Edition

Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 might be over as a 10-day festival, but most of the programme continues to be available on demand: conference, films, documentaries, talks and new digital works.

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Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?

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