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Can happiness be a form of activism?

Fleur Jeras - foto Rosa van Ederen
Fleur Jeras - foto Rosa van Ederen

What is real happiness? Is happiness collective or individual? Can happiness contribute to the struggle for a fair world, and how? These questions are the starting point for #SoulCare: Radical Happiness, to be seen as a live stream in the online Winternachten festival on Sunday 17 January. Programme maker Fleur Jeras explains what inspired her.

Fleur Jeras is a programme maker and translator. She studied Latin-American sciences at the Leiden University and currently pursues Master Studies in Literary Translations from Spanish at the Utrecht University.

Additionally, Fleur worked for Poetry International in Rotterdam. She is currently an editor and programmer for the Winternachten festival in The Hague.

In #SoulCare: Radical Happiness, the programme that Fleur put together for the online Winternachten festival 2021 - to be seen as a live stream on Sunday 17 January 2021, 20:30-21:45 - poet, writer and theatre maker Koleka Putuma (South Africa), poet Radna Fabias, poet and writer Jens Meijen (Belgium) and writer and podcast maker Munganyende Hélène Christelle address the question: can happiness also be a form of activism?

Fleur says about her program: "In this day and age, people and media are constantly zooming in on pain and sorrow, and when attention is paid to happiness, it is often a makeable or saleable form of it.

But what is real happiness? Is happiness collective or individual? Can happiness contribute to the struggle for a fair world, and how?

These lines from Koleka Putuma's poem Black Joy are the inspiration for #SoulCare: Radical Happiness:

'But
isn't it funny?

That when they ask about black childhood,
all they are interested in is our pain,
as if the joy-parts were accidental.'

(Black Joy is part of the collection Collective Amnesia (2017) by Koleka Putuma)

In #SoulCare: Radical Happiness writer and journalist Hassnae Bouazza questions the authors about the relationship between happiness, activism and (their) art while showing what happiness looks like for them. This question is also embodied in the form of dance by Gil Gomes Leal and in music by singer-songwriter Bahghi. That's how we look at the Winternachten festival theme 'It's Up to Us' from an entirely different angle: that of radical happiness!"

We encourage you to create your own happy place at home, while watching this Radical Happiness-programme: add our Radical Happiness Box to your ticket order and surprise yourself. Consider this mail box parcel as a gesture to add intensity to your #Soulcare experience. The box is homemade, hand-picked and comes at the cost price of 20 euro: conscious content. This box will be available in a limited edition of 50, so order now!

#SoulCare: Radical Happiness
Sunday 17 January, 20:30-21:45 hours CET, live stream, English and Dutch spoken. Learn more and buy tickets & Radical Happiness Box here.

Posted on: Friday 8 January 2021