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Festival of Love: Laugh Longer, Live Louder

This kind of fun, the well-played-game kind, as notable of an achievement as it is in sports, is just as notable, but even more achievable in games – especially in my kind of games - games whose sole purpose is to keep you in play together because in that laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us. 

- Bernard De Koven –

We are marking the Festival of Love at Southbank with a special evening on play, laughter and love

This is a free session. Please note, this workshop is outside and in public. There will be people watching, photographing, joining in, filming etc. This is mainly everybody would like to join the fun. 

This workshop does involve public displays of play, games and playfulness, happy people in general. 

“…for the Truth will Make you Laugh.”

- the Oaqui

"The sense of play is a sense in every sense of the word. It is a sense, like sight is a sense, likehearing, like touch. If we tried to make a list of all the things we play and play with, the list would probably be as long as a list of all the smells, all the sounds, all things we touch, taste,feel, see.

We play with our bodies, we play with ideas, we play with toys, we play with pets, we play with each other, we play games.

Play brings us into the world. Play brings us the world.

Play connects us. It is what we do to connect, to relate to each other, to build relationships,to strengthen the connections between us, to create community. Our understanding of each other, the love between us, grows deeper when we play together.

Play helps us understand how things work, how we can work with things. At play, we create new things, new ideas – even when we don’t speak the same language, don’t come from the same neighborhoods, don’t have the same abilities, aren’t the same age, same family, same color, same gender, don’t think the same, don’t believe the same, don’t act the same, don’t wear the same uniform.

Because we can play we can imagine, we can pretend, we can make each other laugh. Because we can play we can make art, dance, song, music, we can make up stories, make jokes, music,songs, peace.

In play we explore, experiment, examine, express our very selves, we strengthen our bodies,our minds, our understanding of our changing selves, our changing relationships, our deepening love. Playing, we change, adapt to change, create change." 

Excerpt from 'A Playful Path' by Bernie de Koven, download a free copy from 

The session is offered by Nihat Tsolak 

Nihat is a teacher, coach and a consultant  with over 15 years international experience in training and facilitating workshops. Nihat puts positive psychology  into practice with fun, play and laughter. Nihat has been featured in the BBC 'LOL, London', Daily Express 'A School of Giggles' and the Sun 'Try Yoga That's Good for Giggle's 

Nihat is trained in Improvisational acting and drama by Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro), in Laughter Yoga by Dr. Madan Kataria (Author of 'Laugh for No Reason') and in stand up comedy by Logan Murrey (Author of 'Be a Great Stand-Up: Teach Yourself').

Nihat holds an MBA in Business from Imperial College and Masters in Psychology from Glasgow University.

“Joy is overwhelming fun – fun so big that it overflows your mind, heart, body – as if all of life and love were spilling into you and you were spilling out.”

- the Oaqui by way of Bernie

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  • mizo

    Hi is it free

    June 28, 2014

  • Nat T.

    Hello, we are meeting this evening at 7pm by Mandela Statue. Please bring some balloons with you. See you all later

    June 28, 2014

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