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Arts can be good for health

PUBLISHED: 09:16 31 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:19 05 July 2010

A SPRINGTIME culture and heritage festival is hoping to show how enjoying the arts can benefit your health.

Waveney Revels, which celebrates all aspects of cultural life across the district, will take place for the second time from April 13 to May 4 and offer hundreds of free events across the district.

A SPRINGTIME culture and heritage festival is hoping to show how enjoying the arts can benefit your health.

Waveney Revels, which celebrates all aspects of cultural life across the district, will take place for the second time from April 13 to May 4 and offer hundreds of free events across the district.

Andrew Kitchen, Waveney District Council's arts and heritage service manager, said one of the events being planned is an arts for health project at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft.

A range of activities will be offered to show how the arts can boost your wellbeing - from feel-good endorphins released by laughing at comedy to the relaxation offered by being creative.

Mr Kitchen said: “Arts for health initiatives are proving hugely popular nationwide and abroad - it's high time we got something going here too. There's a huge range of events, classes, workshops and programmes of diverse activities which are specifically designed to improve health - both physical and mental. I'm keen to find people who want to demonstrate the benefits of these, so practitioners and project deliverers should get in touch.”

Last spring's Revels festival saw thousands of people enjoying about 160 shows, performances and workshops across Waveney.

More details of this year's festival will be released soon. For more information, or to help with the arts for health project, contact Andrew Kitchen on 01502 523397.


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