Festival 2020

We recognise that #COVID19 is having a major impact on everyone’s lives and on the plans of many projects including the festival. We’ll be reaching out to all our partners to discuss plans together. Check back here soon for our statement about which of the festival events will happen as planned and which will be moved online.


Our Heart Shift event that was planned to take place at Leeds Minster on 7th September will now take place online. Please see here for further details.

We are currently planning how to move other key events on line including:

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!

Please contact us for more details

Speakers & Workshops in September 2020

Author, ecologist and ‘Peace Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar, will speak about ‘How To Become a Compassionate Activist ‘ on Saturday 5th September followed by a workshop 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, one of the festivals co-founders. A workshop based on the insights of the Heart Based Living Initiative will offer practice in Heart Based Living . Kerry Turner will offer a workshop on ‘Compassionate Systems’ and 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.

Check back here for the latest updates

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