Health and Happiness
Recent findings in cognitive psychology have corroborated the same synapses of
the brain fire whether you are remembering your own experiences, recalling
a scene that you once read in a book or saw in a film, or dreaming of some
future happiness. This research is especially significant in relation to art
and Culture and the power it contains to transform our collective spirit and
the quality of our lives. Everybody should be able to enjoy the pleasure, the
opportunity for personal expression and the insightful, life-changing journey it can take
us on. Through culture, the individual and communities are enriched with
vitality to live healthy and happy lives.
In 2021 Wigan will begin a programme of cultural events, actions and happenings
which will invite our citizens to imagine, visualise, build concepts and
images which will begin a process of cultural transformation in our towns, parks, streets and homes. This stirring of the creative Fire Within is integral to building
a vital path to health and happiness.
In 2021 The Fire Within will...
- Evolve and expand Wellfest, Wigan's health
and wellbeing festival, as a showcase for rejuvenation and creativity in our
Collaborate with Public Health and Clinical Commissioners
Group activity to focus on cultural activity that explores mental health, encouraging
open dialogue and expression, giving voice which creates more
understanding and eradicates stigma.
Galvanise the 15 Libraries in our
towns across the borough, to work closely with our communities, and highlight
exciting new scientific research, literature and publications focused on
health and happiness.
- Mobilise and explore Wigan's exceptional green
spaces to stage cultural events and community activity. Haigh Hall has the
largest area of ancient woodland in Greater Manchester. Wigan's Central Park
(now Mesnes Park) was once host to an annual Carnival with 1500 performers
and attracted 40,000 visitors.
- Activate and promote Wigan's exceptional
green network of canals through the borough, in partnership with The Canal
and River Trust, highlighting the 23 locks of the Wigan Flight Canal Route,
which according to World Heritage Expert John Hinchcliffe is 'one of the
most impressive ensembles of canal infrastructure in the country'.