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

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1. Watch Inspiring Documentary Shorts @ Union Chapel – Tuesday 18th


Docheads is coming to Union Chapel in Islington to screen the second season of its critically-acclaimed programme of short documentaries. The season, called “The Past in the Present”, is a collection of films that explore how our lives are shaped by the events that precede them – through secrets, mysteries, memories and myths. You’ll get to see a diverse range of shorts from some of the most exciting documentary filmmakers working today… and covering some of the most important issues of our time. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £6 and there’ll be a Q&A with one of the filmmakers afterwards.

Union Chapel is one of London’s best music, arts and culture venues… but it’s also a charity providing vital support to homeless people. Docheads is an organisation set-up to help documentary filmmakers in all ways.


2. Experience Wild Yoga @ Woodberry Wetlands – Thursday 20th


This has to be one of the best ways to connect with nature and feel great this summer. Every Thursday at 7pm, the London Wildlife Trust is hosting outdoor yoga sesions at one of the city’s most beautiful urban nature reserves in North East London. Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) in advance or £12 on a drop-in basis and can be bought on the website. Here’s some further details: “Taught by an experienced BWY accredited teacher, Wild Yoga is a slow-flowing class where classic yoga postures are linked together with the breath. A typical class may include standing poses, balances, backbends and seated poses, and modifications will be suggested for those wishing to work more gently.”

London Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving the capital’s wild spaces and biodiversity.


3. Join A Storytelling Speakeasy @ Canvas Cafe – Friday 21st


Get yourself down to The Canvas’s Laugh or Cry Speakeasy for a night of true stories you’ll never forget. Each month, guests share their deepest, darkest secrets, with a room full of strangers. Expect to hear about everything from sexual misadventure, to near death experiences and childhood mishaps. Guaranteed to make you laugh… and maybe even cry! Show time is from 7pm – 9pm and it’s pay what you feel on the door.

The Canvas is a social enterprise coffee shop and creative space… and it’s London’s first Happy Cafe.


4. Dance Against the Arms Trade @ RichMix – Saturday 22nd


Get ready for a night of live music, DJs and spoken word to support resistance to the arms trade: as part of a weekend of activism, Rich Mix is holding Dance To Disarm. And there’s a diverse line-up playing: from challenging spoken word and hard-hitting live hip-hop through to fun, floor filling DJ sets. Logic will be headlining, bringing his unique and powerful brand of conscious hip-hop, combining social commentary with anthemic hooks and razor-sharp beats. He will be joined by fellow London rapper Awate – an artist, refugee and activist. There will also be DJ sets from Resis’Dance, the diverse all female collective and DJs Jon More and Matt Black, the founders of NinjaTune. Expect to dance and get inspired, whilst standing up for peace, justice and human rights. Tickets are £10-£12 and it all kicks off at 8pm.

Rich Mix is a charity providing access to culture for all in East London. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAATworks to challenge the international arms trade and stand up for human rights.


5. Experience Teas From Around The World @ London Fields – Saturday 22nd


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Tea With Strangers is a movement helping make our city feel more like a community. To celebrate its second birthday (or, ahem, “anniversatea”), they’re hosting a very special “Teas from around the world” event in the glorious London sunshine at London Fields on Saturday. There’s going to be teas from as far a field as the Tibetan mountains and the Taiwanese cityscape, as well as wonderful conversation. Everyone’s welcome… strangers and friends alike! All you need to do is turn up at 15:00 on the day. Details can be found on the Facebook event page.

Tea With Strangers is a community of people that bring strangers together for great conversations.