The Happy List: 5 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

We’re kicking off August with five more amazing events… and this time with a bit of musical flavour. Got FOMO? Make sure you never miss out again by signing...

We’re kicking off August with five more amazing events… and this time with a bit of musical flavour. Got FOMO? Make sure you never miss out again by signing up to our mailing list.

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1. Make it a summer of change @ The Canvas Cafe – Thursday 3rd to Sunday 13th

There’s lots going on at London’s happy cafe at the moment and this week sees the launch of its Summer of Change Festival, taking place in a huge indoor tent lit by fairy lights. The festival will cover 8 themes over 8 days, championing positive global, local and personal change and helping you learn how you can make a positive difference, to yourself and to others. Kicking off on Thursday with an event on boosting your happiness, the next three days will see talks and workshops on change-making (Friday), dance and creativity (Saturday) and love and relationships (Sunday). Each day has 5 events and you can either get an all-day pass, or book specific events. Tickets come with freebies so don’t forget to claim for your free food and drinks… And make sure you check out London’s first vegan BBQ pop-up while you’re there.


2. Dance against racism @ Sound Lounge – Wednesday 2nd

The Love Music Hate Racism campaign is coming to Sound Lounge – Tooting’s new social enterprise arts and music venue on Wednesday. Expect an exciting and eclectic range of artists with Celestial Beings as resident DJs for the evening, bringing you everything from afrohouse to garage. The line-up includes: Con Sensus (grime), DIDI (punk/pop), GingaC (UK hip-hop), Maurice (soul), Oracy (hip-hop) and acoustic performer Richard Anderson. It starts at 7pm and tickets are £5/£3 concessions or £10 solidarity price – available on EventBrite. Check out the Facebook page for more details. Get there early and sample some of fine cuisine from Sound Lounge’s own vegan kitchen.


3. Catch the London debut of Las Cafeteras @ Rich Mix – Wednesday 2nd

Don’t miss the debut performance of Las Cafeteras – the eclectic and unique Chicano band from East LA using their performances to inspire social change. Rich Mix put it better than we every could: “With their infectious and uplifting spirit, Las Cafeteras demonstrates that while the struggle for peace, justice and equality is a serious matter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time along the way… their pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms, stomping zapateado dancing, & uplifting lyrics tell stories of everyday people searching for love & fighting for justice in the concrete jungle.” It starts at 8pm and tickets are £8 – £11, available to buy on the Rich Mix website.


4. Party against food waste @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen – Saturday 5th

FareShare is hosting a top night of live music and delectable vegan food to celebrate and raise funds for their work in tackling food waste and food poverty across the UK. There’s a great line-up of bands performing, including: indie five piece Bluejaye, indie electro from KID CUPID, The Confederate Dead and TUKU – a new band already turning heads on the London scene. There will also be a DJ playing music throughout the night.

Tickets can be bought in advance on TicketWeb or on the door for £5. All proceeds go towards FareShare, and just one ticket is enough to help provide 20 meals for vulnerable people across the UK… so the more people you invite, the bigger the impact. A ticket also allows you entrance to Hoxton’s club night afterwards. For more info, check out the Facebook event.


5. Grab brunch and cocktails in a secluded garden @ House of St Barnabas – Saturday 5th

Why not make Saturday an all-day party? The not-for-profit member’s club, House of St Barnabas, is opening its Soho gardens throughout the summer for Saturday Sessions. We’re talking two-for-one cocktails, great DJ sets and live music, and an optional brunch – and it’s all in aid of HoSB’s Employment Academy helping those affected by homelessness get back into pasting paid work. This weekend, it’s music from singer-songwriter Sam Whates and DJ Crispin Dior. Tickets are £15 or £35 with brunch – plus a free drink. You can grab one at the EventBrite page… then head off to Hoxton to party with us and FareShare :D.


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