Dance in Hospitals

We believe that art can have a powerful impact on health and wellbeing. Akademi works with hospitals across London to provide performances and workshops in atrium spaces and within the wards. Our artists work with all ages from young children on the paediatric wards, to older adults and those with long term health conditions; as well as visitors, relatives and staff.
CW+ performances feature on BBC News. 


Akademi has a long-term partnership with CW+ and presents two performances by Indian Classical dance artists in the atrium of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital every third Thursday of the month from 13.00 – 13.45 pm as part of CW+ Lunchtime Concerts. The performance is free, and open to members of the public, staff, and patients. After the performance, the artists complete ward rounds, performing and delivering participatory work with patients.

Akademi also provides weekly ward performances at West Middlesex Hospital with one Indian Classical dance artist. These performances take place every Tuesday afternoon across the older peoples’ and paediatric wards.

CW+, Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, has commissioned Akademi to present these performances.


Breathe Arts Health Research is a social enterprise company based in London and founded by Yvonne Farquharson. A spin-out organisation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Breathe delivers a diverse performing arts and health programme across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Akademi works regularly with Breathe to provide performances  as part of their Lunchtime performing arts programme in the central hall of St Thomas’ Hospital. These performances are free and open to patients, staff and visitors.


rb&hArts runs an innovative arts programme at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  Akademi has a long-standing relationship with rb&hArts, delivering participatory workshops since 2016 for those with long term health conditions such as heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at Harefield Hospital.

Vital Arts

Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest Trust in the UK, charitably funded to deliver arts projects for the wellbeing of patients, staff and the wider hospital community. Akademi has been working with Vital Arts since 2016, delivering participatory workshops at the Royal London Hospital for patients alongside the Older Peoples’ Services Occupational Therapy team. An evaluation report of this project can be found here.

Akademi has also provided participatory workshops within the older peoples’ wards at Newham Hospital in collaboration with the Dementia and Delirium team. These workshops bring South Asian dance to those who are bedbound and not able to access group workshops.

Vital Arts and Akademi are also partnering for Tate Exchange 2018 alongside Musicians in Hospitals and continuing to  bring Akademi’s dance artist to more hospitals within the trust.