Happy Online

The Happy team are working with our artists, performers, workshop leaders and partners, to bring you a variety of uplifting online content. We hope this will inspire you to create something that makes you happy and helps to raise a smile. Some of this content will give you a sneak preview of the first Happy Festival now scheduled for May 2021. Watch this space…

(Another) Very Special Live Event - Victoria Wood: The Songwriter - Live Q&A

Join us for another special Q&A hosted by Jasper Rees - writer of the newly published biography of Victoria Wood - "Let's do it: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood".

Victoria Wood was a great standup comedian and sketchwriter, but she was also a peerless comic songwriter whose composing stretches 40 years from New Faces in 1974 to That Day We Sang in 2014.

Join Jim Parker, David Firman and Nigel Lilley for a Happy Festival livestream event in which we talk in-depth about Victoria Wood the songwriter.

Post your own questions in advance or live during the event on Twitter @HappyFestBury Facebook @HappyFestBury or email info@happyfestival.org using the hashtag - #dinnerladiesq&a.

Be sure to tune in at 7:30PM on Friday 6th November!

Live Dinnerladies Q&A – Happy Festival

This very special live conversation takes a look behind the scenes of Dinnerladies – one of Victoria Wood’s best-loved TV series – to discover how she approached her work.

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The Ballad of Barry & Freda (Let’s Do It!)

A new version of Barry & Freda (Let’s Do It!) with songwriter and all-round Manchester choir legend Beth Allen.

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Joe Nelson – Happy (Inspired by Victoria Wood)

A new, and beautiful, song from Manchester musician, songwriter and stalwart of Bury’s ALFA team, Joe Nelson. Guaranteed to bring a smile – and maybe a tear, this has been commissioned and written inspired by Victoria for the festival.

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How to Make Spotted Dick with Andrew Nutter

Sticking with the Dinnerladies theme, learn How to Make…Spotted Dick with wonderful celebrity chef Andrew Nutter!

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ALFA Education Team Choir and Band – Oh Happy Day Medley

ALFA Education Team Choir and Band perform an Oh Happy Day medley, to make us all smile and jig along, a great way to remember, we can all be happy.

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Karl the VA – Vlog 5

Karl the VA’s own commemoration to our Victoria Wood on what would have been her birthday.

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Doolally – Two Cheeky Songs (And A Competition Too!)

Two cheeky songs and a new limerick from Doolally. Plus the chance to send us your best Victoria inspired limerick. There are prizes and everything… You’ve got to be in it to win it! Get your entries in by 31st May to info@happyfestival.org

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Karl the VA – International Museums Day

Let Karl take you on a virtual tour of his cabinet of curiosities, as part of his contribution to National Museums Day!

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Lucky BagS Lockdown Workout

Lucky BagS is a choreographed work in response to the Victoria Wood archives held at Bury Art Museum (the choreography draws inspiration from the character of Hailey Bailey and the concept of Acorn Antiques, in particular) and is part of a bigger commission to Ruth Jones for Happy, 2021.

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