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

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up after a busy bank holiday weekend, then we’ve got 6 more awesome happenings for you on this week’s #HappyList. Want it straight...

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up after a busy bank holiday weekend, then we’ve got 6 more awesome happenings for you on this week’s #HappyList. Want it straight to your inbox? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Check out an exhibition on human migration in aid of UNICEF @ OMEARA – Tue 29th to Sat 2nd

MIGRATE is an exhibition ­presenting brand-new work exploring human migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James.

The launch party will be taking place on Tuesday, 29th August from 7.00 – 10.30 pm. Enjoy the bar, DJ-sets by the awesome Becky Tong and Emily Dust, and an exclusive look at the new exhibition. Only 135 tickets are available and net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Unicef’s Children of Syria Emergency Appeal. The exhibition will continue from 30th August – 2nd September, (11am-8pm Wed & Fri; 11am-6pm Thurs & Sat). Entry to view the exhibition during these times will be by suggested donation at the door. The exhibition is organised by UNICEF’s NEXTGen London and supported by the Impossible Project. All photographs have been made using Impossible film, which has made instant analogue photography available again to thousands of millennials.

Tickets for the launch party are £15 and can be bought on the Eventbrite page.


2. Join a plant-based zero waste supper club @ Space at 61 – Fri 1st

Interested in finding out more about plant-based foods or how to move towards zero waste cooking and eating? In the lead up to Zero Waste Week (4-8 September), head down to South East London for a plant-based social meal. Each dish will be made from a combination of surplus items from the food chain plus other sustainable products utilising the whole ingredient from root to shoot. Ingredients will include those donated by FareShare, the UK-wide charity combating food waste and food poverty. Guests will be served three courses of plant-based dishes with the menu being unveiled at the event as most of ingredients will be sourced that day.  Short films will be screened between courses. Think ready, steady, cook but plant-based and zero waste!

Tickets can be bought online for £16.50 at the Brown Paper Tickets website.


This Saturday will see the 6th PupAid at Primrose Hill – a celebrity-judged fun dog show to raise awareness of UK’s cruel puppy farming industry, as well as promoting rescue pet adoption. The show will feature 11 classes of fun dog show (details revealed nearer the time), live acoustic music, boutique doggy shopping village, have-a-go agility, food and refreshments, displays by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, performances by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Pippa & Buddy, hero dog Finn, and lots lots more!

It’s £1 to get in (under 16s for free). Doors open at 12pm and the festival will end at 6pm.


4. Check out a boundary pushing virtual reality festival @ Rich Mix – Fri 1st and Sat 2nd

Social enterprise cultural venue, Rich Mix, will be hosting the mind-blowing We Are Now Festival this weekend. It’s a dynamic programme of boundary pushing theatre, interactive installations, 1-1 immersive virtual reality performances, adventurous audio journeys and a late night live music event harnessing the sonic capabilities of the Tesla Coil. Highlights include The Cube – a virtual reality theatre experience by CIRCA69, placing audience members at the centre of a strange story of mass disappearance that happenedin 1959 in America; and Breathe – an immersive solo performance that blends intimate confessions with visceral live music and sounds to explore the relationship between our bodies and minds.

Weekend, day-long or individual session passes can be bought online here – prices range from £5 to £55 for the whole weekend. Check out the website for the full programme.

5. Attend LOUD WOMEN Fest @ DIY Space for London – Sat 2nd

LOUD WOMEN is a group for all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume. It’s a not-for-profit initiative run by Cassie Fox of The Wimmins’ Institute, with help from some brilliant friends. The annual LOUD WOMEN fest will be taking place this Saturday, showcasing the best female talent around. The venue is DIY Space for London in South Bermondsey – a co-operatively run social space that’s worth checking out in its own right.

The festival starts at 12.30pm and tickets can be bought online here for £12. All ages are welcome and the full line-up can be found here.


6. Party on the roof in support of empowering women @ a secret Old Street location – Fri 1st

Wonder is a women-led charity dedicated to empowering people through education. The charity’s annual summer bash is happening this Friday at a secret rooftop location in Old Street. Included in the tickets you’ll get food, two drinks, music and entertainment. The event sells out every year so get your ticket quick.

Tickets are £20 and available to buy on the website. The party starts at 6pm and all proceeds go to the charity.

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