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Reasons to be cheerful at the hall

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

GETTING THE MESSAGE: Learn the meaning of happiness at the festival

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A UNIQUE festival at Dartington Hall is aiming to answer the ultimate question in life: "What makes us happy?"

Through a unique mix of debate, music, comedy, film and spoken word, the Interrogate! Happiness Festival will take place over the weekend of the October 13 and 14, presented by the Dartington Hall Trust, a pioneering charity addressing some of the significant issues of our time.

Dartington has partnered with Action for Happiness to deliver a programme of events, activities and performances by and for people who want to make the world a happier place.

Celia Atherton, director of Social Justice at the Dartington Hall Trust, said: "Interrogate! Happiness Festival isn't your run of the mill festival. We have entertainment, great food and drink and an incredible atmosphere in abundance, while also examining an issue which is hugely important to every single one of us – happiness."

Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness, said: "We're delighted to be working with Dartington to bring together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society."

Events run throughout Saturday and Sunday with highlights including:

What Makes Us Really Happy — Panel Discussion

Comedian Paddy Cullivan looks for answers with philosopher Jules Evans and others to answer the question we've been asking everyone in the run up to the festival – What is Happiness?

Ten Keys to Happier Living with Action for Happiness — Workshop

Learn which things consistently tend to make us happy, from acts of kindness to trying new activities. Vanessa King and Mark Williamson from Action for Happiness use serious scientific research to open the door to happiness.

The Price of Everything — Performance

A performance lecture from Daniel Bye, illustrating the Interrogate! mix of hard subject explored through art. Billed as "a must if you've ever wondered about the difference between the price of an object and its value".

Good Fortune — Does Economic Growth Bring Happiness? Brunch and discussion

Examine 'what the economy should give us and what it actually does' over the morning's papers with comedians Paddy Cullivan and Anna Freeman, Stewart Wallis of the New Economics Foundation and political theorist Marc Stears. And you get fed.

Laughter Bootcamp — Workshop

Join Joe Hoare to learn how to laugh more for your health, wealth and happiness. No previous experience of yoga or laughter required.

Full day or weekend tickets are available from £22 and it is also possible to book individual sessions to build a pick and mix programme. Those who wish to stay at Dartington have the choice of either basic accommodation on site or B&B in Dartington's refurbished 14th century courtyard.

For further information on Interrogate! Happiness Festival, go to www.interrogate.org.uk

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