Funded by Wellcome Trust, the Bring Me Laughter Festival is the culmination of The Dukes’ dementia arts project.

Running from February 22-26, this exciting online event is a chance for us to celebrate, share and explore the importance of the arts for people living with dementia alongside practitioners, professionals and participants.

The main aim of Bring Me Laughter has been to explore how laughter and playfulness can be used to develop stronger social connections and enable better communication with people living with dementia and their caregivers. Since January 2019, this has been rooted in participation groups across Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth.

We’ve been joined on our journey by project partners Professor Sebastian Crutch and Professor Sophie Scott. We’re delighted to have them with us as part of the festival to talk about how combining artistic and scientific perspectives can provide a powerful platform for people living with dementia and their caregivers, and also the importance of a world of Laughter. Guests from across the UK who work in the field of arts and dementia will also be sharing their experiences of working in care homes, leading workshops and creating joyful pieces of art.

Enjoy as much of the festival as you like for free, with sessions ranging from workshops, talks, and live discussions, to virtual exhibitions and film. With a mix of pre-recorded and live content, once you book your free place on any of the sessions through Eventbrite, you will get an email confirmation including further instructions on how to participate. 

To show your support, donations to the Alzheimer's Society are welcome. Click HERE to donate.

To quote one of our Bring Me Laughter participants from a remote 2020 session, “more now than ever, I think we all need laughter in our lives!”

BML Fest Programme Roundup

With You: Launch of our Handbook of Creative Activities for Carers

As part of the festival we're thrilled to officially release With You, a handbook of creative activities for carers living at home with partners or family members with dementia. 

The handbook suggests low-tech, inexpensive and inspiring ways of using music, movement, art-making, story-telling and word play in your daily routine to help support and reassure, encourage and enliven and to promote relaxation.

With You was commissioned by The Dukes and funded by the Evan Cornish Foundation. 

Please note: once the festival is over, all the sessions/content will be available to watch, enjoy and share for 2 months, until 30 April 2021.