Cultura e Salute

The Cultura e Salute (meaning Culture and Health) project, devised as part of the three-year partnership with the City of Lugano Arts Department, is based on a growing body of scientific and clinical evidence, taken from WHO. The project was created to promote initiatives and synergies between the worlds of the arts and health to improve the quality of life and well-being of people in care facilities, in arts spaces and in everyday life.

Il progetto è patrocinato dalla Città di Lugano, Fondazione IBSA e USI. L’obiettivo è quello di approfondire temi scientifici attraverso i diversi linguaggi artistici ma anche quello di sostenere tutti le istituzioni e le persone che operano in ambito culturale.

The action lines of the project

University Course

The IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research, in partnership with the City of Lugano Arts Department, is promoting the first course on the Culture and Health in Switzerland at the University of Lugano (USI). The course is aimed at students of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and is open to the public.


Forum and Conferences

Within the initiatives promoted by the Cultura e Salute (Culture and Health) project, special attention is paid to the organization of forums and conferences open to the public. These events, featuring the participation of renowned experts and speakers, provide valuable opportunities to present the latest scientific evidence and best practices at the national and international levels concerning the intersection of culture and health. 

First forum Culture and Health

Web portal

The Culture and Health: the website that focuses on research, practices, and artistic and cultural projects for the well-being of people and communities.


Support fund

A fund to support activities and projects through partnership between those working in the arts and healthcare professionals.

Immagine fondo giusta

Competence Centre

Creation of a competence centre within the IBSA Foundation dedicated to Cultura e Salute, to promote a greater understanding of the effects which culture can have on people’s health and wellbeing.


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