Bring the Happy was created by Invisible Flock in collaboration with Hope and Social.
Bring the Happy is an ongoing large scale project about happiness, at the heart of it is an attempt to map the moments and memories of happiness of the UK and beyond.
We will be taking over empty shop units throughout the country and filling them with giant maps of our host cities.
We will be asking you to come and visit us and leave us a moment or memory of happiness that has taken place anywhere in your city, telling us:
what it was - where it took place - and how happy it made you on a scale of 1-10
Each memory is then marked onto the map with its own 3D rod, the height of which is based on the 1-10 rating.
Bring the Happy originally took place for two months in Leeds back in 2010, when we took up residence in an empty shop in the Light Shopping Centre before later moving to Leeds’ Kirkgate Market.
What emerged was not simply stories about happiness or wellbeing, but a portrait of the city, the lives entwined within it; first loves, lifetime regrets, personal and political grievances, births, marriages, deaths, drunken nights, wartime stories, snow stories, market stories, dances, chance encounters, life changing moments and buildings long gone and more often than not memories that spoke of home.
We were overwhelmed by what had been collected and left on the map.
We worked with the Leeds based
Hope and Social
to take the stories and turn them into a huge and raucous celebratory musical performance. Somewhere between a wedding and a wake Bring the Happy Live attempts an extravagant portrait of happiness, as the 1000’s of memories collected are retold in all of their beautiful, sometimes tragic, sometimes ridiculous and occasionally mundane glory.
Thanks to ongoing support from Arts Council England we are overjoyed that we are able to tour the project around the UK investigating the happiness of the country throughout 2013/14.
Please see the tour tab for more information as we set off on our adventure.
Bring on the happy belongs to all the people who have participated in it.
You can also add your memory to the project from anywhere in the world using the digital map
Bring the Happy is supported by
Arts Council England
Bring the Happy Live is a raucous and joyful musical celebration of our stories.
We work with our friends and collaborators Hope and Social
to create the music for Bring the Happy live.
All of the songs from the show have been turned into an album,
7 brand new songs all taken from the original Leeds version of the show.
As with all Hope and Social albums it's 'pay what you want' for both downloads and physical copies in a beautiful case.
If you have never heard Hope and Social or been to see Bring the Happy, this is what they do:
Listen to them, buy their albums and make sure you come and see us live!
We are on tour throughout 2013/14.
Come find us at all the places below, and keep an eye out for more dates being added here.
With Tunbridge Wells Trinity Big Top Arts Festival:
Mapping Tunbridge Wells: 5 – 9 Aug 2013
Live: 10 Aug 2013 @ 2pm and 7.30pm
Box office TBC
We are really excited to be part of this year's British Council Showcase:
Mapping Edinburgh: @ Forest Fringe, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Leith, EH6 8RG, 19-23 August, 12-6
Bring the Happy Live: Meeting Point - Forest Fringe @ The Drill Hall, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, EH6 8RG (performance to take place at Pilrig Studio), 19-23 August, 9pm
With ARC Stockton:
Mapping Stockton: 7 – 26 Oct 2013
Live: 1 Nov @ 7.30pm and 2 Nov @ 2pm and 7.30pm
We always intended to bring the project back to Leeds
and now in partnership with Leeds Inspired we wil be hosting two large,
free and special
gigs around Chrsitmas time.
Keep checking here for details
With Exeter Northcott Theatre and Kaleider:
Mapping Exeter: 3 – 22 Mar 2014
Live: 27 - 28 - 29 Mar 2014
A big bang to end the tour on!
Keep checking here.
Dates and Location TBC.
At the heart of Bring the Happy is our map
It holds hundreds and hundreds of memories of happiness that have been given
to us by people we have met and soon, from people online on the internet as well.
The map is now live, and you can visit it here
to explore and leave your own memory.
to play a video of the show when we did it in Leeds
or if nothing happens click
for downloadable pack click here
Tracy Jones at Brera
01702 216658 / 07887 514984
Support Bring the Happy
Bring the Happy is made possible through the funding and genrosity it has received along the way.
If you would like to help continue the project and support Bring the Happy's future you can do it here.
Every donation comes with a surprise Bring the Happy reward gift.
If you would like to chat about how to support the project or bringing it to your town or city
get in touch:
Bring the Happy is made by all of the people who have ever contributed to it.
Either by leaving us a memory, volunteering, spending time in the shop, or by supporting or booking the map and the show,
and we would like to thank all of you in a roughly chronological order:
First and foremost we would like to thank everyone who has ever left a story with the map,
Arts Council England, Ralph Dartford, Warwick Arts Centre and Matt Burman, ARC Stockton and Annabel Turpin, Barnsley Civic and Ian Morley, The Northcott and Kaleider and Seth Honor, Kay Ruby at Trinity Big Top Arts Festival, Bethany Haynes,
Dep Arts Ltd and Dave Edmunds, Northern Stage @St Stephens, Leeds City Council, Leeds Markets, IKEA, Vitae Selection, Kate O'Neil, The Image Group, Alex Fullelove, Conor Whelan, Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre,
Jim Harrison, Ian Bloomfield and Theatre in the Mill, Fran Graham, Sarah Balchin, Ben Eckersley, Alex Kelly from Third Angel, Forest Fringe, Kings of England, ShellShock Theatre, Non Zero One, Harriet Rollitt, Megan Smith and Ben Halsall, James Day, Tim Milleusonic from Darwin Construction,
Elland Brewery, Simon Nixon, Tom I'Anson, Katie Hawcutt, Victoria Strudwick, Glenna Larsen, Carr Green Primary.