The Happiness in Cities


According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050. Yet, modern cities still fail to maximize people's potential. Using an example of the city of Birmingham, the Happiness in Cities project aims to understand how different communities across Birmingham contribute to the city's development and how this diversity can help us build happier cities.


This project featured an art exhibition as well as a week-long festival hosted at the University of Birmingham from October 22, 2019 to October 26, 2019 at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Birmingham. Please see the detailed programme below. The Urban Festival  featured 5 days of events with emphasis on different aspects of urban wellbeing and inclusivity. 


The Art of Happiness in Cities Exhibition is a custom exhibition produced by the Portuguese visionary artist Alexander Kharlamov using film photography and silver gelatin printing. The exhibition featured many different communities from all parts of Birmingham to showcase diversity, inclusivity and multi-cultural vibrance of the City of Birmingham.


Over 2,000 people attended  the exhibition between October 22nd – 26th 2019 at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre  and over 200 researchers, practitioners and students took part in the festival workshops.

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From Tuesday 22nd (10:00) to Friday 25th October 2019 (15:00)


Edgbaston Park Hotel 53 Edgbaston Park Road Birmingham

B15 2RS



Day 1: The future of our city: where next for leadership inclusivity? 

Time: Tuesday 22 October, 10:00 - 15:05

Venue: Hornton Grange: 53 Birmingham B15 2RS



Day 2: Building the Technology Ecosystem to Innovate Financial and Professional Services in the West Midlands 

Time: Wednesday 23 October, 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Hornton Grange: 53 Birmingham B15 2RS



Day 3: Urban Analytics Workshop 

Time: Thursday 24 October, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Hornton Grange: 53 Birmingham B15 2RS



Day 4: Sustainable Future in the City: Student Competition

Time: Friday 25 October, 11:00 - 15:00

Venue: Hornton Grange: 53 Birmingham B15 2RS




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Day 1


 Day 2


 Day 3


 Day 4