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Festival of Arts & Wellbeing at MFT Celebrating NHS 75 and 50 years of Lime Arts

Building on the success of last year’s Lime Arts + Wellbeing Festival, this year we celebrated the NHS 75th by showcasing MFT’s visionary arts + wellbeing programme delivered by Lime Arts, now in its 50th year.    

The event expanded this year from the Oxford Road Campus to include Wythenshawe Hospital and Trafford General Hospital, and included visual art, spoken word, live music on the wards for patients and frontline staff, plus a symposium. 

Re-creating the celebratory and uplifting atmosphere of last years event, Lime partnered with internationally renowned artists, musicians and arts organisations including the Halle and Milap to present an exciting 2 -day programme of events for hundreds of NHS staff, patients, families, carers and visitors to the hospitals. The festival featured a special brass band master class for MFT staff delivered by the Halle Orchestra, and a series of Indian Dance workshops, proving even more popular with staff this year, led by Sheetal Maru (Milap). Opened by MFT CEO Mark Cubbon, the festival symposium featured a moving live music performance from So Many beauties Collective to acknowledge the NHS 75th , and also included a sharing of evaluation and research outcomes from the pilot phase of Lime’s pioneering NHS staff wellbeing programme Create+, plus several readings from the NHS Untold Stories project by poet in residence at Trafford General Hospital, Kim Moore. 

Next years festival aims to grow even further including north Manchester General Hospital and Local Care Organisations.

Watch festival highlights on the Lime Arts Portal 

Full festival programme details below:

Create.Connect.Unwind+ Festival 2023 Programme

For more information contact [email protected]