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1. Film(s) of the week: The Free Lunch Society and Brexitannia @ The Rio Cinema – Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd
As the Right Now Film Festival draws to a close, this is your last chance to catch two powerful and timely feature-length documentaries at social enterprise cinema The Rio. First up is The Free Lunch Society on Monday, exploring the idea of a universal basic income. What would you do if your income were taken care of? Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. Time for a complete rethink. This documentary provides background information about the idea of Universal Basic Income and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.
On Tuesday, the Rio gives the floor to the people of Brexitannia in the first film focused on the ordinary voters who kick-started the seemingly never-ending saga of Brexit. It’s a portrait of a democracy in all its impossible and ugly glory. With subtle force, yet without judgement, it presents the people of a once powerful empire as they negotiate their identities in a world that is changing faster than ever and in which power appears to lie further and further from people’s own hands.
2. Connected by Humanity @ The Canvas Cafe – Thursday 29th
Connected by Humanity provides a platform for speakers and poets to bring their personal experiences and visions to the microphone at social enterprise the Canvas Cafe’s intimate basement venue. Among the speakers, Elisa Matvejeva will explore coping with mental health and “normalcy” through personal stories and poems, spoken word poet Onyeachonamu Ogugua will explore the politics of identity and two representatives from the Sophie Hayes Foundation will be talking about their experiences working with survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.
3. Tech X Global Goals @ Artillery Arms – Tuesday 27th
Interested in technology and how it can be used to make the world a better place? Global change-making network MakeSense is hosting a relaxed gathering at the Artillery Arms next week where everyone’s welcome. No boring presentations – just real connections with other individuals who share the same passion with different fields of expertise. The gathering will give people the chance to discuss how exponential technologies (Machine Learning, Blockchain, Robotics…) can help us solve social and environmental issues and achieve the UN Global Goals.
4. Performance of the week: Tongue Fu @ Rich Mix – Thursday 29th
Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, asking poets, comedians, rappers and storytellers to re-imagine their material live with brand new soundtracks created by some of London’s top improvising musicians. And it all takes place at East London’s not-for-profit cultural hub Rich Mix.
Created and hosted by poet and musician, Chris Redmond (BBC R1,2, 4, XFM, CBBC, SKY Arts), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. There is no rehearsal. Performers give musicians and VJs a small hint of what their piece is about, someone starts playing and they see where the collaboration takes them. The music can jump anywhere from weird folk, Brazilian rhythms, experimental jazz to hip hop. Sometimes all in one track. It’s lively and completely fresh each time.
Tickets are available on the Rich Mix website here.
5. Join a herbal tea blending workshop @ Hackney Herbal – Thursday 29th
Join plant-based wellness social enterprise Hackney Herbal for a workshop where they will be sharing their top tips for making your own herbal tea blends. The workshop will guide you through the properties of a range of culinary, medicinal and wild herbs and how to combine them into unique blends. You’ll get to blend and taste your own creations during the class as well as making a pack of herbal tea that you can take home! We’ll also be sharing our tips for tea making materials and equipment. Each person will make themselves a set of herbal tea bags to take home
The £25 ticket includes all materials and light refreshments with 10% of the ticket price going to support Hackney Herbal’s community well-being work.