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Can arts 'on prescription' transform our health?



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Join Dr Daisy Fancourt to discuss whether a culture fix can really help tackle health problems.

Can a culture fix help tackle health problems? Credit: Diego Cervo

There is growing research showing the effects of arts and cultural engagement on health across the human lifespan: from lullabies helping premature babies to gain weight, to magic tricks improving hand function in hemiplegia and dance helping people with Parkinson’s disease to walk.

In this talk, we will discover some of the most exciting research findings to date and explore how the arts are currently being rolled out 'on prescription' across the NHS.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

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