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

The weather might be miserable at the moment, but we’ve got a top line-up of events to put a smile back on your face. And make sure you sign-up...

The weather might be miserable at the moment, but we’ve got a top line-up of events to put a smile back on your face. And make sure you sign-up to our mailing list to never miss out on another great happening.

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1. Check out Stoke Newington’s first vegan market – Saturday 12th

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.


2. Dance for hope @ Village Underground – Friday 11th

Get yourself down to Village Underground this Friday to raise some funds (and the roof) for the Hope Project – a Greece-based charity dedicated to equipping and empowering displaced children and adults through informal, creative educational programmes. There’s some excellent artists and DJs on the bill, including So Solid Crew, Footsie, Capo Lee, Daniel OG, Steph Seeks, Livin’ Proof, JD Reid, Faze Miyake, Emerad, Jamz Supernova and Ellie Prohan. Early Bird tickets are still available at £10 here and doors open at 9pm. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Hope Project.


3. Attend a mindful drinking festival @ Bermondsey Square Hotel – Sunday 13th 

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.


4. Continue the summer of change @ The Canvas Cafe – Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th

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.


It’s set to be a good weekend for Stokey Cats and Dogs home. The Rio Cinema in Dalston is getting in on the fundraising act with a special screening of the Turkish documentary KEDI, with all proceeds going to the animal rehoming charity. Described by Indiewire as ‘The CITIZEN KANE of Cat Documentaries,’ Ceyda Torun’s delightful KEDI, proved to be an irresistible attraction at the American box office earlier this year. With a mesmerising music score by Kira Fontana, KEDI captures the colours, textures, and grandeur of the city of Istanbul and the world of its feline population. Undoubtedly, the most adorable film of the year! The film start at 11am, tickets are £11.50 and are available to bought online here. If you want to bring along some cat food as well – they will be collecting in the lobby.
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