Launch of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024

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Sounds Good – the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024 announces diverse programme of music, art, dance, poetry, film, and stories to lift our spirits.

Festival dates: Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February



Sounds Good, Dragon’s Tail, Self-Care R(E)volution and Augmented Body, Altered Mind are some of the highlights of this year’s Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. Taking place in Waterford Monday 12 to Saturday 17 February, the Well Festival features an inspirational line-up of fun, free, inventive, inspirational and sociable arts events for all ages. In this, its eleventh year, the festival presents musicians, visual and environmental artists, poets, storytellers and dancers, as well as a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences. The full festival programme is available from

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing champions and celebrates all the ways that the arts help us to feel good. Each day, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art, dance, film, literature and talks, and to experience the joy of creativity through a range of workshops and interactive opportunities for all ages.

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Speaking at the launch of the festival programme in Waterford Central Library , Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts, said “We are thrilled to present our eleventh Well Festival in Waterford and to share a myriad of artistic and creative opportunities with our lovely audiences, so that we can all experience the power of the arts to lift our spirits and nurture our wellbeing. We are very grateful to the Well Festival funders the Arts Council, the HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Department of Social Protection.”

Breda O’Shea of Waterford City and County Libraries added “Libraries in Ireland are centres of community and culture and as such Waterford Libraries is delighted to once again be partnering in this type of community festival. It’s a privilege to work alongside Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford Healing Arts in what has grown into a very successful collaboration. We invite our Well friends, in Waterford and beyond, to join us as we explore, discover and delight in the art, music, poetry, film, dance and storytelling the festival has in store.”

Sile Penkert, Executive Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre, continued “Garter Lane is celebrating in a big way this year, and we are delighted to kick off our 40th anniversary year with our Well Festival offerings. Well is a great way to start any year, thinking positively and looking to a bright and creative future. In these current times, with living costs so challenging for many, the Well Festival gives us the opportunity to offer inspiring and diverse experiences to our community, to creatively engage in the arts and with each other, and to promote self-expression and creative fulfilment in everyone.”

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City and County Council. In 2024, the festival is supported by The Book Centre Waterford, Creative Ireland Waterford, AIB, Waterford Hospice, Europe Direct and Right of Place Second Chance. The festival is presented by Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford City and County Libraries and Waterford Healing Arts.

The full festival programme is available at

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