Playfulness Online

Jun 3 2020 | By More

PlayfulFest goes online for second edition

Edinburgh’s bi-annual PlayfulFest has gone online for 2020, with ten events scheduled to take place from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 June 2020.

The event, previously known as the Edinburgh Contemporary Clown Festival, is designed to bring the energy of play into daily lives according to artistic director Saras Feijoo. It had been planned to take place live at Summerhall, but will be available around the world as it goes online.

Saras Feijoo in Blooming Surprise. Pic: Sandra Franco

Feijoo is a performance artist who saw the power and magic of being playful in performance as an opportunity for a festival. She points out that the event is not just for theatre goers – but is aimed at anyone who is looking for a new way to interact in their daily life.

Physical comedy theatre uses lots of the energy of play, according to Feijoo, whether it is keeping a laugh going or using your whole body to entertain. With PlayfulFest, she says, the makers and performers will be able to share the tools they use in their comedy with others.

There can be ways to work with other people, ways to respond warmly to challenges, and tools for theatre goers and performers too.


Feijoo says: “In our last edition of the festival and the original 2020 programme for this year at Summerhall, the focus was on performances and workshops for artists.

“Now, my vision for the PlayfulFest has shifted to provide audiences with tools to bring more playfulness into their lives. Every event in our programme will provide practical ways to help choose a more playful and cheerful approach to our day-to-day routine.

“I believe in the power of being playful as a ‘tool’ to heal our hearts because it engages our imagination – and especially at the moment when many people are finding more time to explore creativity.”

Playfulness Festival Logo

The programme features storytelling, workshops, dance, and various sessions which explore the idea of playfulness.

Workshops start from £3 and are open to international audiences as well as people from Edinburgh and the UK. The festival will also feature a live stream of By The Seat of Your Pants by Plutôt la Vie.

Listings & Links

PlayfulFest website:

Thursday 4 June 2020

Playfulness as an Active Meditation
4 June 2020, 4:30 pm
A talk by Saras Feijóo (Artistic Director and CEO, PlayfulFest)
Click here for tickets and details.

Storytelling – The Playful Element of Surprise
4 June 2020, 6:00 pm
A talk by Richard Medrington (Artistic Director and Founder, Puppet State Theatre Company)
Click here for tickets and details.

Sound Moves
4 June 2020, 7:30 pm
Pete Baynes (Tukuo – The Unique Komedy Ukelele Orquestra)
Click here for tickets and details.

PlayfulFest – Opening Party
4 June 2020, 9:00 pm
Everyone is Welcome
Click here for tickets and details.

Friday 5 June 2020

Movement Medicine – Awakening the Fool
5 June 2020, 7:30 pm
Bernadeta Zyla (Dance Medicine Practitioner)
Click here for tickets and details.

PlayfulFest’s Scratch Night
5 June 2020, 9:00 pm
Various Artists
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Saturday 6 June 2020

Playful Body, Playful Mind: Experiencing the Feldenkrais Method
6 June 2020, 4:30 pm
Tim Licata (Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Plutôt la Vie)
Click here for tickets and details.

Moving In and (Ou)t Of The Box
6 June 2020, 7:00 pm
Christine Devaney (Artistic Director and Founder, Curious Seed)
Click here for tickets and details.

By the Seat of Your Pants
6 June 2020, 9:00 pm
Performance by Plutôt la Vie
Click here for tickets and details.

PlayfulFest – Closing Party
6 June 2020, 10:00 pm
Everyone is Welcome
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