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Following a directive from the Bristol Health Partnership, who are supporting the conference and who have concerns regarding the increasing Covid rates in Bristol, as well as the impact on the healthcare professionals, they have made the decision that the existing planned dates are postponed. We hope to reschedule for a later date or online event. Please keep an eye on this page and @ArnolfiniArts socials.


POSTPONED: Bristol Dance and Wellbeing Conference Thursday 2 September and Friday 3 September 2021

Connect will bring together the dance and health sectors in Bristol to explore how dance can be used as a strong tool for wellbeing in a range of health settings.

Thursday 2 September is focused at Dance Practitioners with an exciting range of masterclasses from established leaders delivering dance in a wide range of health and wellbeing contexts. It will also see the development of a brand-new Dance and Wellbeing Practitioners Network – an opportunity for local practitioners to support each other, share best practice, lobby, share concerns etc.

Friday 3 September will bring together health care professionals and the dance and wellbeing sector to share best practice, explore models for co-commissioning and social prescribing and work together to move the dance and wellbeing agenda forward in Bristol.

Guest Speakers include:

Ian Rodley – Director, Dance Action Zone Leeds

Dr Richard H Kimberlee – Senior Research Fellow, UWE, NHS England Regional Facilitator and South West Social Prescribing Network Chair

Colette Brown – Social Prescribing Team Leader (Southmead Development Trust)

Barbara Disney – Director of Creative Shift (Bristol Arts on Referral Programme)

Yael Owen-McKenna – Programme Manager, Live Well and Dance with Parkinson’s (People Dancing).

Masterclasses include: Working with people living with dementia, Working with intervention in the stroke community, Delivering Dance with Parkinson’s, Dance for women living with Cancer, And much, much more.

There is limited capacity so book your place as soon as you can.

Pay What You Can
We believe everyone has a right to access and experience art and culture. We understand that personal financial barriers can affect this access. We also believe in the value of artists and cultural makers who should be paid appropriately for the incredible work they do. Our Pay What You Can scheme allows you to choose a ticket price that fits with your current circumstances. Prices range from £8 to £35 (exclusive of booking fees). The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments and a performance sharing at the end of the day.

For further information and for access needs please email:

This conference is delivered with kind support from Age UK Bristol, Bristol Health Partners and Arts Council England.