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

With Halloween nearly upon us, we’ve found some frighteningly good events to keep you busy this week. Want the Happy List straight to your inbox? Pop your email address...

With Halloween nearly upon us, we’ve found some frighteningly good events to keep you busy this week. Want the Happy List straight to your inbox? Pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Celebrate the best of African cinema @ various cinemas – Friday 27th to Sunday 5th

Film Africa is back in London this week to celebrate the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Brought to you by The Royal African Society, it will take place at six venues… five of which are social enterprises – Rich Mix, BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the South London Gallery. Alongside a high quality and wide-ranging film programme, expect some amazing live music nights, director Q&As, talks and discussions, professional workshops and masterclasses, as well as family fun. Film Africa also recognises and supports new film making talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

The full schedule of events can be found here.


2. Dress up and dance on a roof for Halloween @ Dalston Roof Park – Friday 27th

Your last chance this year to dance at Dalston’s only rooftop bar… Dalston Roof Park is hosting a very special one-off costume party for Halloween. Expect special guest DJs alongside DRP’s residents, playing the best in all sorts of good music. There will also be horror movie visuals on display throughout the night. Halloween themed cocktails, immersive performers, decoration… and heating and cover on the dancefloor in case of rain! DRP is a social enterprise and all money goes towards supporting the work of the Bootsrap Company – a charity supporting entrepreneurship in Hackney.

Entry is free if you get dressed up for the occasion and arrive before 8pm. It’s £3 if you’re tardy and £5 if you’re not in a costume. Full details here.


3. Join the launch of Humanae exhibition @ Migration Museum – Thursday 26th

To celebrate the launch of artist Angelica Dass’s inspirational Humanae project, the Migration Museum will be holding a special late session, unveiling the portaits Angélica took in London last month. The portraits and quotes collected in conversations with participants will be presented in a stunning installation in the Museum’s No Turning Back exhibition. . Drinks will be available, and members of the team will be on hand to give you a tour around the exhibition.

The event will take place from 6pm – 9pm. Admission is free. More details here.


4. Celebrate 50 years of the Abortion Act with an all day party @ Rich Mix – Saturday 28th

Beyond The Back Street promises to be “the party of the half-century” and everyone’s invited! Expect an action-packed programme with activists, journalists, politicians and performers coming together to celebrate the legacy of the life-saving 1967 Abortion Act that dragged abortion out of the dangerous backstreet. During the day (10.30am to 4pm), there’ll be workshops and discussions on a wide-range of topics from abortion rights and the history of pro-choice activism, through to current day issues. The evening (7pm to 10pm) is all about the performances – top feminist comedians, spoken word artists and poets will be performing.

Buy tickets from the Rich Mix website for the whole day (£25) or half day sessions (£15). Concessions also available. Full line-up available here


5. Check out an inspirational photography exhibition on the women of Ghana @ Deptford Lounge – Monday 23rd to Friday 27th

Having previously been shown in Hoxton, Goldsmiths University and even in Parliament, this week long free photography and film exhibition comes to social enterprise venue Deptford Lounge. It will display stories of a selection of strong and inspirational women, mostly from the Northern Region of Ghana. There will also be a talk on Thursday 26 October featuring guest performances and a talk on the women featured in the exhibition.

Full details about the exhibition can be found here. Tickets are free but donations are welcomed to support future events and to expand the exhibition.


6. Watch a chilling screening of Nosferatu w/ live score @ LSO St Luke’s – Thursday 26th

Social enterprise The Nomad Cinema and Old Street BID are teaming up to create a spine-tingling performance of F.W Murnau’s original Dracula film, Nosferatu. This 80 year old classic is scored for the first time by inspired live score musicians – the Cabinet of Living Cinema who recently produced the masterful live score for The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. In case you missed our piece on The Nomad, it’s a volunteer-run pop-up cinema, donating all its profits to a South African educational charity – The Sustainability Institute.

Tickets are £15 (plus £1.50 booking fee). You can find out more here.


7. Grab one of the last seats at Mike’s Table @ Goldfinger Factory – Thursday 26th

Mike’s Table is a pay-it-forward social enterprise supper club, using the funds from your ticket to pay for a free meal for someone less fortunate. The three-course meals are devised and prepared on the night, using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. There are just a few tickets remaining for Mike Table’s next event at the Goldfinger Factory – an upcycling social enterprise located on the ground floor of the iconic Trellick Towers.

Tickets are £30 and you can grab one of the last few at GrubClub here.

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