The Happy List: 6 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

In case you missed it, Christmas is less than a month away… which means lots of exciting festive events are happening across London. Read on for two great ethical...

In case you missed it, Christmas is less than a month away… which means lots of exciting festive events are happening across London. Read on for two great ethical Xmas markets, an inspirational film festival and much more. Want this straight to your inbox every week? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest. Or come join our community of ethical explorers over on Facebook.

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1. Attend London Migration Film Festival @ various – Thursday 30th to Tuesday 5th

LMFF 2017 is hitting London for six days of inspiring fiction, short and documentary films focusing on the intersection of migration with themes such as integration, race, labour, gender, activism, war, return and displacement. The aim of the festival is to portray the diversity and humanity of migration including films by well known artists and directors, such as Human Flow by Ai Weiwei, as well as films by less known filmmakers, such as The Art of Moving by Liliana Dulce Marinha de Sousa and The Dog by Canzhao Lan. Some of the films have been directed, produced and starred in by migrants, such as Ambaradan, Per un Figlio and The Parable of the Return.

The festival will be taking place across 5 venues, including not-for-profits and social enterprises: Somerset House, Deptford Cinema and the Migration Museum. There will also be such as dance performances and flash-mobs, workshops on the relation between migration and imperialism, theatre, storytelling events, roundtable discussions with NGOs and activists, and a live music gig.

For the full programme of films and events, click here.


2. Peace Talks @ Heron Tower – Thursday 30th

Join Peace Direct for for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening of stories, spoken word, and delicious food, celebrating peace-building around the world. Spoken-word poet Bridget Minamore will be sharing her thought-provoking and empowering words to enthral you. Chuku’s, London’s only Nigerian Tapas restaurant will be providing delicious canapes throughout the night. And you can play your part in creating a peaceful future by making a pledge on our interactive fundraising display.

Doors open at 6:15pm for a 7pm start. TIckets can be bought here for £30 with proceeds going towards the running of the event. NB: if you’re buying a ticket for someone else, please email with their name.


3. Party for Mexico @ Rich Mix – Friday 1st

Following the two major earthquakes that hit Mexico earlier this year, London’s finest Latin American events group Movimientos is organising a fundraiser party to support the victims and the rebuilding process. London based Latino artists are coming together to support Mexico’s recovery; Bachata City and rapper Mike Kalle will be bringing positive energy and music to the fiesta. Bachata city is a London based latin music band, bringing salsa, merengue and cumbia rhythms, bachata beats and tropical vibes to the stage. Mike Kalle is a Colombian Londoner rapper who brings Latin London to life through buzzing hip hop.

Get your tickets here for £8. Proceeds will be going to Consejo Nacional Indígena. Full details here.


4. Join the Ideas Kitchen @ The CentrE17 – Thursday 30th

The Ideas Kitchen is where great ideas become great projects. It’s where local people pitch ideas to their neighbours who vote for the project they’d like to see happen in their area.

Come along on Thursday 30th and hear ideas from local people that will benefit the Waltham Forest community. For a £5 suggested donation, you will get a hot meal provided by Jerk and Juice (Leytonstone highroad) and the chance to vote on the idea you like the most.

All money raised will go to the idea with the most votes, so the more money raised on the door, the more available for them to win! On top of that, they can get up to £1000 extra funding to make their project happen, with an additional contribution from the Barbican and Apex Arts.

Grab your tickets for a fiver suggested donation here. The event starts at 7pm


5. Check out a local makers market @ Stour Space – Sunday 3rd

Social enterprise venue Stour Space is hosting the first Local Makers Market in Hackney Wick on Sunday. This event will be Christmas themed and will provide lots of opportunities for festive shopping. You can expect to find screen prints, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and textiles- perfect for gifts. The bar will be stocked with mulled wine and other festive treats.

The market kicks off at 11am and ends at 4pm. More details here.


6. Attend a cruelty-free Christmas Fayre for Animal Aid @ Kensington Town Hall – Sunday 3rd

Animal Aid’s annual Christmas Fayre is a festive cornucopia of cruelty-free living. Enjoy the uplifting atmosphere and an inspiring array of animal-friendly goods from ethical companies, charities and campaign groups. Expect chocolates of all kinds, delicate cupcakes and Christmas cakes, puddings for the big day. Sample the huge selection of vegan beers, cheeses, confectionary and delicious savoury pies on offer. If gift buying, this year the Fayre has a wonderful variety of animal free and eco-conscious clothing, shoes and belts, handmade or hemp fashion items. Indulge in the diverse selection of skincare products – perfect presents. And so much more on offer, from aromatherapy to wildlife art. An exciting programme of talks takes place throughout the day. And for families there’s a crèche and children’s workshop.

Entry is £2. The fayre will run from 10am – 5pm. More details here.