Feeling tied down in one place? Looking for something to ignite your inner spark? Or perhaps you’re just looking to be inspired? You’re in the right place as we’ve found a wellbeing festival that’s dedicated to informing and sharing how to live a life without limits.
Introducing the Times+ Life Lessons Festival, a three-day event that brings together over 100 speakers to share stories, knowledge and experiences to inspire, inform and explore the way we navigate, live and thrive in the modern world.
Taking place in the heart of King’s Cross, in the spectacular Coal Drops Yard this September, the festival brings a programme over 60 live unmissable talks from well known speakers across three stages, 30 masterclasses as well as interactive experiences, art installations and social spaces to entertain.
Sound like your kind of festival? Read on to find out what’s in store…
Stages & Talks You Need To Check Out
Running Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September, the festival will be packed out with over 100 speakers sharing inspiring advice and expertise across various sectors. Expect some exciting big names making their way to the main ‘Life Lessons With’ stage, including documentary maker and broadcaster, Louis Theroux; award-winning fashion entrepreneur and businesswoman; Anya Hindmarch CBE, award-winning singer, actress Paloma Faith; author, journalist and broadcaster, Caitlin Moran; entrepreneur, speaker and investor Steven Bartlett; and poet, playwright and memoirist Lemn Sissay OBE.
At the ‘In Good Company’ stage will be a series of discussions and debates from leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle mentors, from Homosapien host Chris Sweeney to doctor and young mental health ambassador Dr Alex George, wellness professional and international TEDx speaker, Adrienne Herbert to poet, mental health advocate and producer, Hussain Manawer, and more.
Hosting leaders in travel, adventure and lifestyle, the ‘Discovery Stage’ will make way for speakers such as Alice Liveing, talking about the future of wellbeing, Fats Timbo, discussing losing the fear of difference and BecomingX ambassadors, Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh talking about their Olympic journey.
Those looking for intimate talks with experts on personal development, the ‘Masterclass’ series will feature 30 sessions, exploring ways to improve and adapt lifestyle choices. Topics include ‘How to overcome imposter syndrome’ with Tiwalola Ogunlesi, ‘How to get your glow back’ with Madeleine Shaw, and ‘How to build a healthy brain’ with Kimberley Wilson. Other experts include breathwork expert Stuart Sandeman; and movement coach Roger Frampton.
Interactive & Immersive Experiences to Try
New for 2022, visitors will be able to explore the latest trends, ideas and concepts in living well through a series of interactive and immersive experiences.
As a connected nation with constant stimulation combined with high levels of stress, thanks to a global pandemic, burnout is fast becoming the next epidemic. The world-first Sensory Slowdown experience will transport visitors into a new world through a unique multi-sensory immersive journey. Devised by renowned innovator and sensory designer Ari Peralta and in collaboration with MyCoocoon, the feature combines light, scent, sound and touch to help visitors relax, unwind and explore new ways to switch off, calm the mind and restore the senses.
The Rewriting Extinction, ‘Stories to Save the World’ Digital Gallery sponsored by DUG, brings the planet together by harnessing the power of storytelling to focus on species extinction and biodiversity and share simple ways in which we can act and make a difference. Visitors will be able to literally enshrine themselves in a live bespoke digital gallery of interactive comics devised by romcom superstar Richard Curtis and Emmy nominated writer, producer and founder of Rewriting Extinction Paul Goodenough.
Art & Imagination to Inspire
Creativity and wellbeing are intrinsically linked, and there’s plenty to explore for those looking to stop, think and reflect. Artists, poets, photographers and creatives will each be sharing their life lessons through engaging displays, from a flagship installation from conceptual artist and poet Robert Montgomery to portraits and tales of endeavour, exploration and resilience by SOULKIND and London Underground messages to brighten your day from All On The Board.
Social Spaces Worth Exploring
The last few years have seen our homes become our office, gym, restaurant and spa. Now restrictions have lifted, our appetite to explore has never been greater, expanding our minds, discovering new destinations and celebrating the beauty of the world around us. The Retreat at Life Lessons Festival will showcase inspiring destinations, offering a calm sanctuary to rejuvenate the body and mind.
The Terrace offers a chance to refuel after busy talks, while at The Supernacular Bar you can experience flavours from flavour consultant Jack Sotti. Or, for an alfresco option, the Garden is a dedicated area at Lewis Cubitt Park perfect for picnics and relaxing between talks and experiences.
Luxury automotive partner Lexus will also host a dedicated space celebrating the ancient Japanese concept of ‘Takumi’, featuring the art of craftsmanship.
There’ll also be a host of free ‘Around Town’ events from local vendors and retailers, as well as pop-ups showcasing the newest innovations, concepts and techniques in the world of wellbeing.
The Lifestyle Lab at The Fore will be on hand, offering free workshops tackling everyday stresses of modern life, from insomnia to stress and burnout. This is where festival goers can take a moment away from the hustle and bustle to relax, reconnect and reflect. Breathwork master Stuart Sandeman, movement specialist Roger Frampton and the innovative FaceGym among others, will all be here, delivering tasters of their ground-breaking methods. The Happiness Lab at The Frame will offer fitness workshops across the three days, embracing happiness through movement and exercise.
Celebrating storytelling and its power to create culture and community, Life Lessons Festival is working with global icons, experts, creatives and brand-leaders to share inspiring short films at this year’s festival in partnership with the Everyman Cinema at their Screen on the Corner.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, want to learn from experts or fancy reviving your life, the Times+ Life Lessons Festival sets out to enlighten and entertain in a fun, engaging and inspiring setting.