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Stokey is getting its first ever vegan market this Saturday. Hosted by Cafe SoVegan, the event will include great vegan food and drink as well as stalls selling everything from candles to cosmetics. Confirmed vendors include Makeup Without Malice and La Buenaventura (traditional Spanish food made vegan). There’s a suggested donation on the door of £3 with all the money collected going to the local animal rehoming charity, Stokey Cats and Dogs.
The market will open from 10am – 4pm at Abney Hall on Stoke Newington Church Street.
The pioneering mindful drinking movement, Club Soda, is taking over the boutique Bermondsey Square Hotel to celebrate the best in alcohol-free craft beers, wines, lower-sugar sodas and infusions. The event will be the first of its kind to truly showcase this emerging sector of the drinks industry. Club Soda’s goal is to create a world where nobody has to feel out of place if they’re not drinking. So whether you’re on a health kick, moderating your drinking habit, pregnant or trying, or just a bit sober curious, this is your chance to find a new favourite tipple. The Mindful Drinking Festival features a range of innovative drinks to taste and buy, talks from producers, mocktails from top mixologists, and much more. The festival is free to attend and will run from 12 noon – 6pm, but Club Soda would like people to RSVP in advance.
The second week of the Summer of Change festival is hitting London’s happy cafe, which is all taking place in a huge indoor tent lit by fairy lights. The festival restarts on Thursday with an event all about the environment and the next three days will see talks and workshops on work and social business (Friday), community action (Saturday) and health and well-being (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.
Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear, the hugely entertaining Iranian comedy Offside tells the story of a rebellious group of young football-obsessed girls who hatch an audacious plan to sneak into a world cup-qualifying game at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. Musing on the excitement that sports can inspire, Offside explores Iranian gender politics, notions of patriotism and honour, and is the critically acclaimed director Jafar Panahi’s most accessible picture to date. You’ll also get the chance to see Like a Girl a doc short exploring the world of womens’ football, Like a Girl looks at the prejudices, misunderstandings and excellence of female players through following football clubs in Harlow Town, Essex. Director Caris Rianne will also be in attendance to introduce her film.
Tickets are £5 (£3.50 concessions) and can be bought here. Doors at 6pm with the film starting at 7pm.