Voices of Culture

Institution launching the call:

European Commission under the European Commission Structured Dialogue on Culture with Civil Society in Europe programme

Voices of Culture announced the 53 organisations selected to participate in a structured dialogue with the European Commission on the role of the cultural sector in improving the mental health of young people.

The brainstorming meeting took place on 4-5 October 2022. A collaborative network was formed, whose participants jointly developed a report with recommendations, which they presented to the European Commission at the dialogue meeting on 8 December 2022 in Brussels.

The publication shows how music, dance, art, visits to museums and cultural centres can help manage and prevent stress in everyday life. Engaging in artistic activities helps build self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence and resilience. Participating in culture can also help to reduce the risk of developing mental illnesses, such as depression in adolescence.

See Report: Youth-Mental-Health-and-Culture-BRAINSTORMING-REPORT.pdf (ug.edu.pl)

The University of Gdańsk was represented by Irena Chawrilska, PhD.


Irena Chawrilska, PhD, participated in the Voices of Culture project. The report ‘Culture and the mental health of young people’ is now available (download PDF) – The Centre for Sustainable Development of the University of Gdańsk (CZRUG)