Arts festival ‘Happy’, inspired by the legacy of Bury-born comedian Victoria Wood, is coming back to the town centre.
Part of the Bury Town of Culture programme, the festival will run from Saturday 4 September to Sunday 5 September to celebrate performance and ‘musical virtuosity’.
Simply put, the festival aims to put a smile on everyone’s faces and get people laughing!
#VictoriaWood was an inspiration for women & girls to become performers & writers & more. See the cream of today's crop at Happy Sept 4/5. @RachelFairburn @vikkistone @natashajbarnes @hbbrighton @godoolally @choreoruth https://t.co/dZ8pFvtb3J @OnThisDayShe @FunnyWomenLynne
— HappyFestival (@HappyFestBury) August 16, 2021
The television star, well-known for her role in the Dinnerladies comedy series which was set in Manchester, died in 2016 aged 62 after a battle with cancer.
Dubbed a ‘true northern hero’, Wood’s statue can be found in Bury and is a popular landmark for fans to visit.
A programme of events, performances and exhibitions are planned to go ahead in and around the town centre, which will move across to Burrs Country Park nearby on the Sunday, taking over Burrs Live by The Met, a two-week festival, for one day only!
Another fabulous rehearsal for 'Hands Up Who's Happy' with Steve! This play is such a joy! Come see it at the Victoria Wood inspired @HappyFestBury in September! 💛🙌#actor #actress #acting #manchester #victoriawood #bury #festival #happy #comedy #laugh #funny #rehearsal pic.twitter.com/snfbrUSTPO
— Natalie Ciufo (@NatalieCiufo) July 26, 2021
Visitors can even try their hand at a variety of different musical instruments in the Library Gardens on Silver street with ALFA Education.