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Saturday 29 JuneSunday 30 June


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Imperial College London

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Is there a link between arts engagement – like joining a choir, learning an instrument, or attending art classes – and health, loneliness or wellbeing in society? Our research suggest – Yes!

‘HEartS’ project (Health, Economic, and Social Impact of the ARTs) was launched by an interdisciplinary team of performance scientists at the Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music and Imperial College London), public health researchers, health economist and various artistic organisations to explore the patterns of, and reasons for, artistic and cultural engagement in the UK and its health, economic and social benefits.

At the Great Exhibition Road, we’re hoping to further explore the benefits of participatory arts. Symbiosis by Kira Zhigalina is a unique immersive biofeedback installation. It is designed to guide participants to use slow diaphragm breathing through light, as part of the artwork experience. Conscious slow breathing has been demonstrated to improve a range of psychophysiological function such as blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormones and feelings of calm and wellbeing.

At the Festival, Symbiosis is located right next to our Body and Mind zone and will provide a calming safe space where one can sit down and focus on breath to re-centre and connect to others and oneself.

Learn more about Symbiosis here.  Learn more about HEartS study here.

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  • Family with 7+
  • Exhibition