The Happy List: 7 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

We’ve got something for everyone on the #HappyList this week… foodies, feminists, film buffs and comedy fans, do read on. Want this weekly events list straight to your inbox?...
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We’ve got something for everyone on the #HappyList this week… foodies, feminists, film buffs and comedy fans, do read on. Want this weekly events list straight to your inbox? Just drop your email address in the form below and your wish is our command.

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1. Enjoy five supper clubs rolled into one… all for a good cause @ The Canvas Cafe – Wednesday 20th

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Five of London’s finest street food vendors and artisan producers are coming together for a unique night of eclectic vegan food alongside live jazz… and did we mention that it’s all for charity? Menus Making Change is a social initiative that brings people together through fantastic food to support individuals and grassroots projects. Each supper club supports a different cause in the understanding that direct, small scale, contribution can help support real change. This event is called “A Cause for Education” with all proceeds going to support the final year of one amazing young man’s schooling in Kenya. Read about it here. Expect a five-course menu, curated especially for the occasion. It will remain a surprise until the night, but think a quick trip to Italy, a jump over to Thailand and finishing with dessert dreamy-ness (and a little fiesta worth treat to take home!). The vendors taking part are Toshka, The Greedy Khao, Mylkman, Cake + Cucumber in collaboration with OM Bar… and a special gift from RAWsome Hackney.

The supper club starts at 7pm. Tickets can be bought from the Grubclub page for £35.75.


2. Take part in the Talking Peace Festival @ The House of Vans – Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th

The Talking Peace Festival is a global arts and cultural platform designed to engage people in the most urgent issues of peace and conflict around the world. It’s back this week at the House of Vans London in the unique space occupying 5 tunnels directly underneath Waterloo Station. The festival will feature Peace in Progress, an interactive exhibition demonstrating the everyday ways we can all support peace, the innovative pop-up restaurant Conflict Café – exploring the Syrian crisis through the country’s cuisine, a Peacehack looking at how bots can be used to spread the message of peace and a fascinating Peace Talks discussion.

Full details and tickets are available on the festival website.


3. Spend a weekend with Nasty Women @ Stour Space – Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th

If you’ve been feeling dismayed or outraged by the rise in non-inclusive and misogynistic stories in the media, then there’s a public arts and performance event you must attend this weekend. Join the inaugural Nasty Women UK event with a packed programme including an art exhibition, talks, workshops, Virtual Reality installations, DJ sets and comedy. All proceeds going to the End Violence Against Women charity. The exhibition will feature a ‘Tilt Brush’ room where the public can view virtual reality art and create their own pieces. There will also be a VR experience in collaboration with Hollaback!, placing the viewer in a series of vignettes as they experience different forms of street harassment such as anti-muslim and misogynistic/unwanted sexual approaches.

The exhibition is FREE to visit but talks, comedy and music are ticketed – view the full programme and buy tickets here. The Nasty Women Global Art Movement was started in New York to increase tolerance and garner support for individual rights using the universal platform of art as a forum for self-expression.


4. Stand up to FGM @ Union Chapel – Monday 18th

The great events at Union Chapel just keep on coming. This week we’ve got a night of seriously top quality stand-up comedy with all proceeds going to the Dahlia Projecta support group for women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation/ Female Circumcision (FGM). The line-up includes some of the biggest names in UK stand-up: Bridget Christie, Stewart Lee, Harry Hill, Jo Brand, Sue Perkins, Mark Thomas, Shazia Mirza and Athena Kugblenu.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are £25 and available on the Union Chapel website here.


5. Attend a middle-eastern feast to fight homelessness @ Luminary Bakery – Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd 

In a social enterprise double, homelessness-fighting supper club Fat Macy’s is heading to women-empowering Luminary Bakery for three very special evenings to round off the end of its crowdfunding campaign. Fat Macy’s young trainees (recruited from hostel accommodation) will be putting together a fresh seasonal menu, combining the best produce from the end of summer with their own home-cooked flavours. For this supper club, culinary inspiration is comes from the Middle East with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign. All profits from the three evenings will go towards Fat Macy’s crowdfunding campaign to get themselves a new home in Peckham, enabling them to help more young people move out of temporary accommodation into sustainable housing.

The supper club will run for three nights. Tickets are £33 and can be bought on the GrubClub website here.


6. Watch films that inspire social change @ Raindance Festival – Wednesday 20th to Sunday 1st

The Raindance Film Festival is kicking-off this week. Raindance is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers and its festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. Among the amazing films being screened across London, we’ve picked out some particular highlights for the socially-conscious and activist types. Start with this blog from Raindance for a run-down of four films provoking social change. And don’t miss RiverBlue on Wednesday 21st – a documentary about the impact on cheap clothing on the developing world and what can be done to improve the situation.

The full programme and tickets are available on the website. Screenings are taking place across the West End.

7. Enjoy a Question Time Cabaret @ Rich Mix – Friday 22nd

Question Time Cabaret is a weird and wonderful take on the current affairs classic show, led by artist Talia Randall and a  panel of journalists and performers. Expect hilarious and gut-wrenching variety performances from the UK’s hottest talents, plus an interactive debate / panel with foremost journalists and activists. All speakers and performers will be responding to themes of gentrification, the art of the East End and our rapidly changing city. Bring your anger, bring your answers, bring your laughter.

Tickets can be purchased over on the Rich Mix website for a tenner.


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