Festival of Happiness Reviews

All of us at the hub were delighted to be a big part of Settle Stories Festival Of Happiness at the end of May.

Jo did a talk about Settle Timebank, Sylvia did a talk about Mental Health and the films created by the groups doing animation with Virpi Kettu were shown at a gala premiere at Victoria Hall. Dales Radio were huge supporters too and many events were featured on the radio throughout the day.

The mood of visitors was not dampened by the torrential downpours of the afternoon.

You can read many reviews of the day from Gill O'Donnell

Below is the review of the animation films that were made at the hub during workshops in February and March. Will add the videos in another blog when they are on youtube.


In recent months animator and film director Virpi Kettu has been working with Settle Stories to create animated films at workshops in the local area. These were premiered as part of the festival and covered a wide range of topics and displayed a vast range of styles. What was consistent however, was the very high standard of the work and amount of patience and imagination which has gone into the production of these "mini-epics". 

Undoubtedly one of the funniest concerned a poem which didn't have to rhyme but others like "Girlll"" were brief and witty in their elegance. There were also some which were very reminiscent of the cartoons which appeared in the early Monty Python series and others where watercolours came to life.

The inspirations behind the pieces were varied too, with music being a very obvious source for ideas. Equally appealing however was the wonderful way in which the leaflet produced by the local Community Hub came to life with plasticine figures unfurling from balls and rolling into one another.


Particularly striking was the gentle tale of Ferdinand the church mouse from Clapham which incorporated animation with pastel drawings and live action in the tale of his quest for cheese.

The second half of the programme focused on work done in conjunction with North Yorkshire Horizons, with people whose lives are affected by drugs or alcohol.  Here animation techniques were used to help their clients use the arts as a tool of self expression and to tell their story and this resulted in a number of very powerful films which dealt with both the horror of addiction and the joy of moving towards recovery. The imagery in some of these pieces was striking and extremely moving. Clearly the work done in this collaboration was of tremendous value not only in terms of developing skills but also as a means of considering the topic itself.