Roving pod will plot a map of happiness

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IF you’re happy and you know it – why not take part in a new arts project?

One of the Roker Pods is going on the move to help plot a map of happiness across Wearside.

The project, called Bring the Happy, starts this month and asks people to pinpoint geographic locations they associate with a happy memory. Each memory will be recorded on a happiness map

and form part of a digital archive of happiness from around the world.

The project is the fourth major commission from The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council funded drive to increase engagement in the arts, and will culminate in live music shows at North Shore late next month.

Organisers are now looking for volunteers to help collect memories at permanent and mobile installations.

Project co-ordinator Corinne Kilvington explained: “We’ll have an installation at the National Glass Centre available at weekends starting from January 24.

“One of the Roker Pods will be in Sea Road, Fulwell on the 20th of this month. Front Street in Cleadon on the 26th, then Station Approach at East Boldon on February 2, before moving to Boldon Village Hall on February 9.

The pod’s last stop will be at Castletown Community Association, where it will arrive on February 16.”

* To volunteer for the project, contact Corinne at or call 07960 838434.