International Seminar debates work and happiness

in Italy’s Pergine Spettacolo Aperto festival


The International Seminar on Work and Happiness will be held during the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto festival (Italy) on July 14 and 15 2017.


The 2-day event is the first public activity organised in the framework of the project A MANUAL ON WORK AND HAPPINESS, which is being implemented with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Featuring an International conference-talk show entitled « Happiness calling », performances, a film screening, workshops and « lazyshops », the International Seminar will explore the interaction between equal opportunities, happiness, work, laziness and the artistic creation. The programme will see the participation of scholars, curators and artists, showing the need to rethink the relationship between work and happiness from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Among the participants are British philosopher Nina Power and Helen Hester, Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda, Greek filmmaker Apostolos Karakasis and Italian researcher Riccarda Zezza.

Full programme is available for download here:



Local and international audiences are invited to join the debate by answering the following question:

Do you believe we can reach happiness through work or through laziness? Tell us why!

Locals can pick up a bulletin in the several venues of the festival, write down their opinion and cast their vote in one of the two ballots (work or happiness) which are placed at the festival’s box office centre, Sala Maier (Piazza Serra 14, Pergine).

Online participation is also encouraged. People can share their opinion at the Get Involved section of the project’s digital platform or, alternatively send their comments to the following email: manual@amanualonworkandhappiness.eu.

Both printed and online contributions will nourish the debate of the HAPPINESS CALLING talk-show, which will be held on July 14 at 9pm (Italian time).

The event will be live streamed here and in the facebook of the A MANUAL ON WORK AND HAPPINESS.


Background information on A MANUAL ON WORK AND HAPPINESS:


A Manual on Work and Happiness – digital platform:

A Manual on Work and Happiness – facebook

International Seminar – full programme:

International Seminar – Spot:

Vitor Pinto – Artemrede
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