When: 27th May 2017, 10am – 11pm
Where: Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DZ
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event, many events are free
What is it?
Are you happy? Or is the world getting you down?
Head to the Festival of Happiness, held by arts and heritage charity Settle Stories, on Saturday 27th May. Set within the rural Yorkshire Dales town of Settle, there will be more than 25 events, with something for everyone to enjoy.
There will be a unique opportunity to step inside a classic 1970’s ambulance and be prescribed a ‘poemcetomal’ to cure your ailment of unhappiness. For the brave, there’s a chance to talk to strangers at the Feast of Happiness. In an hour you’ll get to know a stranger like a good friend. Sharing lunch, you’ll choose topics of conversation from the conversation menu for your starter, main, and dessert.
Award winning comedian Sofie Hagen will be flying in from Denmark to give a performance of her show Dead Baby Frog. This one-off appearance is an exclusive premiere before the show heads to London.
The whole family will be transported to Africa to hear traditional tales from artists from Sierra Leone. Alim Kamara is a hip/hop rapper and storyteller and is accompanied by Usifu Jalloh, a more traditional storyteller on African drums.
Families can also head to the festival Bell Tent to be whisked away to the magical fantasy world of the Flying Fairies and Whirling Witches. Puppets act out stories from around the world, featuring characters ranging from Russian witches to Icelandic ogresses.
Alongside the professional entertainment, local groups will be offering free talks and workshops, giving everybody a chance to get involved with community life and try something new.
The aim of the festival is to bring people together, and to connect people with Settle. Settle Stories believes a stronger, better connected community is a happier one. How could anyone disagree with that?
More info: www.settlestories.org.uk/festival