Talks on Playfulness


Anthony Trahair and Everyone 15.00 cet (2 pm UK)

Opening of the Giocosamente festival 2020 by Anthony and all of us.


Time: Jun 12, 2020 03:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

Meeting ID: 843 5503 1760

Password: 045225


Annemarie Steen 17.00 cet (4pm UK)
A playful path to self love
In dec 2016 Annemarie decided she wanted to know how she could BE THE CHANGE she wished to see in this world. How can you BE LOVE? This question took her on a surprising playful quest to more Self Love and even a selfmarriage. She will share her personal journey and her insights along the way to hopefully inspire you with ideas to BE your own CHANGE you wish to see.



Francesca Antonacci 18.00 cet (5pm UK)

Gioco come linguaggio per educarsi
Il gioco non è un’attività tra le tante, ma un modo di essere, un linguaggio. Giocare è un modo di guardare le cose e la realtà che mette in luce non già la sua fissità, ma tutte le sue possibilità, rimaste implicite. E’ un modo per educarsi nella misura in cui, invece di accontentarsi di quello che si vede e si fa, si trovano delle nuove modalità, grazie a nuovi linguaggi per sperimentare modi di essere cose inediti e rivoluzionari. In questo senso giocare è la capacità di trasformarsi, sempre.

Meeting ID: 742 6449 0455

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Robbie Foulston 21.00 cet (8pm UK)

Playing for our Lives...

A talk/rant/ramble maybe (with some different characters popping out) discussing why play is quite SO key to this moment of human history, in an attempt to capture the passion with which the playful community advocates for play, and bringing together some of the cool playful happenings that are bubbling up in the world!

My intention is to just to inject a fluff load of energy into everyone watching so that anyone considering going back to any kind of normal after this situation is over will think again and then do a cartwheel. Meeting ID: 751 3433 8118 Password: 2EdE9B


Saras Feijoo 11:00 cet (10am UK) 

1) Playfulness as an Active Meditation – coming back to the moment with the power of play.

2) Activate the FUN energy within you.

3) Tips to playfully hacked your routine and bring your energy levels up

Meeting ID: 719 5692 8637

Password: 8M6Jan


Angela Halvorsen Bogo 13:00 cet (12pm UK)

Storytelling: what traditional cultures know about storytelling and community

Meeting ID: 775 7915 6108

Password: 2VdPfp

Holly Stoppit 15:00 cet (2pm UK)

Cultivating Resilience Through Play – how play can help you prepare for whatever life throws at you!
Message from Holly:

Dear Playful people. Holly Stoppit here. So sorry I can’t be with you this weekend, something spectacularly unplayful has unexpectedly happened in my life. I hope you all have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing the videos and reading all your comments in the forum.
Please enjoy this wonderful Ted Talk from Holly.

Rikke Berggreen Paaskesen 17:00 cet (4pm UK)
Educational Manager at KUBO Robotics

Play-based Approaches Teaching with the use of Robots

How can we teach a valuable and meaningful approach to robots and robotics in educational settings, so that students not only learn about engineering concepts, science and technical dimensions, but also develop consciousness about robot behavior, about social- and ethical challenges and creative problem-solving when interacting with- and when controlling robot technology?

How can teachers invite students into open-ended activities in an educational supportive setting, to learn about robot’s function as transformers of imagination to action, of idea to narrative storytelling and having hands-on experiences with the technology to have a solid starting point for students to engage with robot technology which they will quite likely be confronted with in their future.

This talk will shine light on how we in education can teach a valuable and meaningful approach to robots and robotics in educational settings aiming for critical awareness and consciousness raising in the light of democracy.

Rikke will talk from her experiences implementing robotics in a local school in Kenya, a country that does not necessarily accept, nor value play in daily teaching. She will relate to her current job in an educational robotics firm where she develops STEAM oriented and playful activities for children and schools all over the world. Rikke will explain how we can go from a STEM centric approach to a more cross-curricular, creative and play-based approach while learning code literacy and learning about robot behavior as a means to democratize opportunities in the future while our cultural values are going through deep challenging times.

Meeting ID: 766 2117 2115

Password: 0cDmwD


Anthony Trahair 19:00 cet (6pm UK)

Living a more Playful Life.

Living a more playful life has many advantages!

But how to live a more playful life?

Why do we keep coming back into seriousness? Why do we prioritise playfulness so little?

In this talk Anthony Trahair will give some insights and ideas about inviting more fun and enjoyment into our lives and those of the people we meet.
Meeting ID: 756 9079 4384

Password: 0tR6X3


Mathias Poulson 20:00 cet (7pm UK)

Living with the play community
This is a playful, semi-improvised story that brings in perspectives from theory, play practice and life in general. It explores the idea of the play community as a framework for living that grants us the confidence and courage to insist on play as a way of life. If asks what we can do to lower the threshold for participation, increasing access and encouraging greater diversity in the play communities we cultivate. This short talk will be an experimental mix of different formats and modes of presentation, maybe even featuring an appearance by a motley troupe of talking animals.

Meeting ID: 767 8182 4028

Password: 2QHvhN


Peter Duncan 10:00 cet (9am UK)
Making the case for play

Social Circus trainer, facilitator, play trainer in the UK

Play is essential for healthy lives and communities

How can we persuade decision makers to prioritise PLAY ?

Peter was involved in a project to make public spaces for playable – encouraging playful communities. The team worked to run lots of conferences with decision makers about changing attitudes and policies and budgets>

A chance to hear about the “Playshaper” project in the UK

Experience some of the games used to make the case for play

Understand some of the surprising outcomes- how police attitudes changed ? What happens with the tops of walls, and winding paths

Look at what is transferable to other cities/countries.

Meeting ID: 844 3715 9193
Password: 953780

Danny Singh 12:00 cet (11am UK)
Improvisation in Learning, Teaching & Life.
In this session, we’ll see how the playfulness of improvisation is not only fun, but can facilitate learning far more than too much planning. The unpredictability creates a relentless flow of opportunity for language. This is also true for teaching & if applied in many aspects of life will offer endless opportunities.
Meeting ID: 753 3687 4265
Password: 7Bp4Fb

Troy Innocent 14:00 cet (1pm UK)

Serious Urban Play: resisting, remaking and re-imagining the world.
Urban play has re-emerged as a strategy of resistance and as a creative and critical force for renegotiating and re-imagining the world around us. Play in this context can be understood as: a transgressive act to subvert public space; as a survival strategy by optimising the self by cultivating ‘gamer intelligence’; to develop insight via ‘process literacies’ and internal modelling of simulation; as a strategy for hacking reality. This comes as human awareness of the impact of their own processes can be seen in the world – the Anthropocene – and the role play could have in survival strategies in an uncertain future or insight into these processes via game design. Without presenting play as a solution, this talk will explore examples of urban play as a form of resistance that offers ways to reshape the world from within immersive play experiences through examples of interventions into public space framed as games or spectacle that resist, remake and re-imagine the world.

Troy has prepared his talk for us here:

Mario Cusami 15:00 cet (2pm UK)

Clown Serious Play: un nuovo modo di fare terapia in ospedale con tecnologie digitali.

Meeting ID: 756 3579 1023

Password: 1yfpjD

Darryl Edwards 16:00 cet (3pm UK)
Play and the new world.
Darryl will discuss the recent evolution of active play, it’s past, present and future in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Is there anything positive we can take away from this troubling time?

Meeting ID: 751 6418 5651
Password: 9MwXzb

Anthony Trahair and Everybody 18.00 cet (5 pm UK)

The official closing and goodbye of the festival by Anthony Trahair and all of us.
Meeting ID: 886 8100 2208

Password: 793315

Some proposals have a meeting, some are free in time and either have a video or are self explanatory, choose one (or two) if you like and explore your creativity and playfulness!

Start time Saturday 10.00 CET (9 am UK) for guided sessions.

Meeting here at 10am!!!!!!
Meeting ID: 912 0072 1861
Password: 012345

Bart Durand Free in Time

Share your Bubble.

Make bubbles (with soap, your drink, your dinner, other stuff or your imagination) when offline, photograph (or draw or make video of) them and share by posting it on the forum. It will give us something to do, to remember and connect if we are off line during the festival.

Kathryn Wilkins Free in Time

Creating random rocks of kindness, a community game of happiness hide and seek. 

When you uplift others, the delightful side effect is YOU feel amazing!⁣⁣⁣

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Are you looking for playful ways to support your community during social distancing?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣How about sneaky missions and positivity bombs designed to make your neighbors’ day.⁣⁣⁣


Get in on the fun throughout the festival and beyond- use the tutorial to make your own rocks, snap photos of where you hide them, post the location and watch for where they end up next.

Click here to download instructions

Katherine Smith Free in Time

Do you know how to make a jam sandwich? Walk down the street? Touch your toes? This time, you’re being asked to do these things in a ‘To How’ way! What’s a ‘To How’ way? It’s a way of focusing on the process of the instruction rather than its result. There will be 5 ‘To How’ prompts that come spaced out throughout the festival on the festival forum. Participants are invited to make and post ‘To How’ TEN SECOND videos to demonstrate their ‘To How’ methods. This might look like you carrying out the instruction as normal but with a strong focus on the process. It might look totally different. It might look serious, it might look funny. Whatever it looks like, the important thing is a focus on the doing.

Natasha Blok Free in Time

Come out to play

Competition during the festival that brings the magic and play of the festival out of our computer, out of our homes and into the community… our gardens and on our windows, pavements and parks to invite curiosity and connection with our neighbours. To get to know one another better through play.

Points given for interactions with the local community, such as interested glances, all the way through to full on play interactions. How can we spread the joy of the festival into these pockets across the world so that more people know about Giocosamente Festival and then 2021 is the year where everyone is banging at the door to attend in person.

Invitation to create a playful display in our windows and gardens to our neighbours that builds over the festival and share it after in photos/videos/stories of what happened.

Creating an evolving piece of art across the cities, countries and nations that shows what makes us smile and brings us joy and spreading it.

The cumulative piece could evolve with each workshop someone attends could inspire a picture or introduce an ornament of curiosity to be added and invite the neighbours we live with to enquire and follow their curiosity…

Jessica Penrose Start time Saturday 10.00 CET (9 am UK)

Create & Connect: Together/Apart

This proposal encourages participants to create ephemeral works of ‘art’ (which don’t have to be artistic at all), where the fun is in the creation and collaboration.

We run a short session (maybe 30 mins) as a warm up, in which participants would be invited to gather simple, everyday items in their house (or wherever they are). Could be buttons, beans, paperclips etc. We will then do a creative activity together, on screen, using those items in some way, which they can show to each other if they wish.

Participants would then be given suggestions about other types of items to gather up, perhaps with a theme (looking for certain colours or textures), and given a task of something to create themselves on a bigger scale. It could be that they each create their own mythical beasts that will all inhabit the same shared virtual world. They could have perhaps an hour to do this, and then we would come back together and share and discuss. At the end, everyone would be encouraged to disassemble what they’ve made (to show that it is the process not the thing itself that matters). The emphasis throughout would be on having fun, trying things out and taking creative risks because it isn’t possible to ‘fail’ with this exercise – and also that it’s possible to be playful and creative with the most ordinary of things.

Kevin Davidson Start time Saturday 10.00 CET (9 am UK)

Hand puppets. Meet for a short hand warm up exercise session. Given a short playful design process to engage with. Then 15 mins to design your 1 minute show. Come back online and everyone shares who wants to

Greta Aliprandi Start time Saturday 10.00 CET (9 am UK)

Body Music

We’ll make music with our bodies and the objects we find in our house/location.

Discover our musical creativity and put together our pieces of songs for creating something new.

No musical knowledge needed!

FIRST PART: we’ll play together, on video-meeting, letting our musical creativity go. (30/45′)

SECOND PART: we’ll explore our houses/bodies/locations and find old and new sounds. In this part each person/family will play offline. (30′)

THIRD PART: we’ll put together our sounds and play with them! Developing listening and imitation. (30/45′)

FOURTH PART: each one of us will record a short audio file following the facilitator’s indications… and they’ll be put together as our own playful creation! This part will last one day (or more, depending on the participants).

FIFTH PART: presentation of the audio to all the participants in video-meeting and greetings.

Milka Panayotova Start time Saturday 10.00 CET (9 am UK)


We will share “Trust your Sense!” games for you to play with your friends, your children, your grandparents and whoever is within reach.

Do you like surprises? Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to see with your hands?

Have you ever made a drawing with your eyes closed?

Prepare a blindfold and join in!

We will have two zoom meetings of half an hour each, on two different days. In between those meetings is where all the magic will take place, so you will have the chance to experiment and embark on an exploration journey wherever and with whoever you like, for as long as you like.

Meeting 1: hands on instructions on how to play “Trust your sense!”. We will try a few things together, then you’ll choose when and where to play off-line.

Meeting 2: We meet again to share our explorations and feedback using images, words and body!

Spoiler alert: Our zoom meetings will be visual whereas games will involve lots of blind folding business, so be prepared!

16.00 cet (3 pm UK) Playfulness in Adults Scientific Research Survey 2020
Jeanne Cadwallader, Leslie Frazier, Kathy Lubbers