Video: Belfast proves status as UK’s happiest city

A video featuring workmen, traffic wardens and tourists in Belfast who all put their best smiles on to help with a local take on the number one Pharrell Williams song Happy has achieved more than 100,000 hits on YouTube.

A survey by Instagram last month revealed the city to be the smile capital of the UK and now Belfast has followed in the footsteps of cities such as Dublin, Moscow and Barcelona, to showcase its own happy video.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

The iconic Harland and Wolff cranes, Botanic Gardens and big fish in the Titanic Quarter all appear in the music video, in which producer and director Emma-Rosa Dias was also determined to use only real, every-day people.

The film features tourists from Spain, Germany, Brazil, Africa, France and the USA.

Emma-Rose, who made the video with Muriel’s Cafebar owner Janine Kane, said: “On a freezing cold and wet day in January the crew still managed to find lots of happy people in Belfast. Now we know why we’ve been voted the happiest city in the UK!”

Many people have given positive feedback on the video saying it shows a positive side to Belfast that is not seen enough.

One user said: “Love seeing something positive in Belfast. It’s a great city.”

Another said: “This is absolutely brilliant, I’ve watched it every day since it came online. Puts a smile on my face, and it’s fab to see Belfast in a positive light for once!“

To watch the video in full visit YouTube and search ‘Belfast is Happy’.