Festival 2020

Leeds Festival of Kindness, Compassion & Wellbeing September 5th-13th 2020


Put the dates in your diary!

Thursday 10th September 2020 – The Leeds Kindness Revolution will convert the Leeds Civic Hall into The Kindness Exchange! There will be a market place for stalls of information about different initiatives across the city and presentations and performance from projects at the cutting edge of kindness. Make sure your community project, organisation or initiative is there!

Pre-festival events include a workshop on Heart-Based Living on Friday & Saturday 27th-28th March

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Partnerships & Advisory Board

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Carnegie UK Trust, one of the leading organisations researching wellbeing and kindness in the UK and whose work on creating a Kindness Innovation Network in Scotland has drawn international interest.

We are pleased to welcome to our advisory board Pauline Ellis, Senor Policy and Performance Officer at Leeds City Council, Harsha Patel, Director of Inclusive Innovation at Doing Social , and Wendy Elyatt C.E.O. of the Flourish Project and the Save Childhood Movement.

Speakers & Workshops

We are delighted to confirm that our first speaker will be author, ecologist and ‘Peace Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar, who will give a talk on ‘Kindness, Compassion & Wellbeing’ on 5th September and run a workshop on ‘How To Become a Compassionate Activist ‘ on Sept 6th.

We are also delighted to announce that The Museum fo Happiness will be visiting Leeds during the festival and are looking for a school in Leeds to be based in. Let us know if your school is interested in hosting the Museum!

“The Museum of Happiness is a non-profit organisation that provides an experiential adventure, where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn more about the science of happiness and well-being”. Through a variety of interactive experiences, workshops and events, they will offer science-based techniques that people can implement in their everyday lives.


Practice that shows how we can implement Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing will be a key component of the festival. Some of the workshop activities that will take place during the festival will include practical insights about Compassionate Leadership and “The New K.P.I.’s – Kindness Performance Indicators” by Andy Bradley. A workshop based on the insights of the Heart Based Living Initiative will offer practice in Heart Based Living . A.A. Miles author of the “Tao of Wellbeing”, will offer a practical workshop on “The Meeting Place” demonstrating how ancient Chinese embodied practices and innovative scientific perspectives on mindfulness can create highest denominator outcomes in relationships and wellbeing for our selves and others.

If you have a suggestion for a speaker, an activity, or a workshop that would contribute to the festival please get in touch. Please remember that the heart of the festival will be the local events in schools, faith centres, businesses and other community centres across the city. Take a look at how you can take part!

Provisional Programme

Once our website is completed we shall be adding an events page showing listings of the programme of events, not only at our central venue in the city centre, but of the many events being organised across the city during the week of the festival.

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