Bristol Harbour Festival announces State of Happiness

Editor June 5, 2013 0
Bristol Harbour Festival announces State of Happiness

Scientists are predicting the brief appearance of the world’s 207th nation, the State of Happiness, rising like a volcanic island in the amphitheatre at Bristol Harbour Festival, 26th – 28th July.

The Amphitheatre area at this year’s festival will be run by ‘Happy City’ and their ‘Agents of Happiness’, with interactive performance, music, theatre and creative activities for all the family, designed to create a happier planet that needn’t cost the earth.

‘Envoy for the State of Happiness’, Simon Howlett, said ‘We’re inviting the people and places with the ideas and activities which make Bristol such a great place to live, to show the world what would happen if power was with the people. Everything about the State of Happiness will be created by local people over two months for one weekend of glorious existence. Thanks to the extraordinary power of collective action when many people do small things, the world is a better place.’

Early signs suggest people run a severe risk of entering a personal State of Happiness, should they enter the amphitheatre area, where the new nation is expected to emerge.

Organisers are inviting volunteers to join the country’s government and become Agents of Happiness, highly trained in the arts of sharing, caring, connecting, supporting and kindness.

Visitors will be able to try their hand at leading the country themselves in The Forum where the constitution will be created Live, and to contribute to the Innovation Lab where new solutions to age old problems are created with support from the Ministry of Curiosity.

Happiness is a shape shifting State, where buskers, performers and public entertainments pop up in the midst of the crowd, adults and children alike can soak up fascinating facts and new understanding from dozens of interactive hands-on games and creative activities staged by trail-blazing Bristol based projects and community groups.

Visitors to the area will be able to exchange money to Bristol Pounds at the Bureau de Change.

Rock stars, musical prodigies, minstrels and anyone with a knack for a catchy tune are now being invited to write a National Anthem for the State of Happiness. A Mystery Superstar will judge the results, and the winner will have their song played at the event – and in the spirit of optimism – get a recording contract (that’s just a prediction, not a guarantee). Write to if you would like to take part.

This event is a Weekend Uprising of Happiness, produced by Happy City and local partners from all walks of life.

So for a taste of what happiness is really about make your way to the waterfront, join the party and be inspired! Find out more at and

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