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

It’s September. It’s Zero Waste Week… and the #HappyList is back with another great line-up of events to get you through the next seven days. Want this straight to...

It’s September. It’s Zero Waste Week… and the #HappyList is back with another great line-up of events to get you through the next seven days. Want this straight to your inbox? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Attend a night of ground-breaking inclusive music @ Rich Mix – Tue 5th

The renowned Benyounes string quartet join Acoustronic, a group of disabled musicians for a night of truly unique music that brings together conventional string instruments with new music technology. They’ll perform NonZeroSum, a new piece by Frank Lyons in which the amplified string quartet and five digital instruments come together and compete with no winner or loser. The piece has five distinct sections including improvisations where the players respond to graphic symbols drawn in real time using colour and shape coding. Acoustronic will perform their own ambient soundworld combining samples, loops and some free improvisation in two new pieces – Music for 5 and Voices for 6. In the second half, Benyounes perform George Crumb’s iconic Black Angels piece. Inspired by the horror of the Vietnam war the work draws upon an arsenal of sounds including shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas and crystal glasses.

It starts at 7:30pm and tickets can be bought on the Rich Mix website.


2. Join On Purpose for a feastival of change-making fun @ various London locations – Fri 8th

This Friday, On Purpose will be hosting a series of unique dinners across London. Each dinner will invite you join a conversation about a specific social issue and explore a different way to eat responsibly, as well as showcasing some of the city’s best sustainable eateries. And just to make sure you don’t ditch dinner early for a cheeky tinder date, there’s going to be an ethical singles event… last I heard, more men were needed. The afterparty will take place The Racketeer so you can dance off dinner on Disco and Tropical tunes carefully selected my Mr.Assin (Beats From Beneath). The dresscode is wear a conversation starter, so put on that hat you bought whilst travelling, wear that t-shirt you tie-dyed as a teenager or simply come ready to make new friends and learn more about old ones.

The full programme of events – and tickets – can be found on the Eventbrite page here.


3. Film of the Week: 8 Borders, 8 Days (with ice-cream) @ The Institute of Light – Thu 7th

Don’t miss the screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days – Amanda Bailly’s immersive documentary about the incredible journey of a fierce single mother of two from Syria who decides risking their lives in a raft is safer than staying behind on land. It’s being organised by Work.Life’s Charity Committee in support of the International Rescue Committee UK’s (IRC-UK) Together for Refugees’ campaign – the film will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will take place at cultural venue The Institute of Light, and provides a great opportunity to learn more about IRC-UK, support their cause… and enjoy some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The aim is to raise awareness of the reality of being a refugee, and what it takes to find a safe haven.

Doors open at 6pm (when the Ben & Jerry’s will be served) and the event starts at 6:25pm with an intro from IRC-UK. Tickets are £12 and can be bought online here – all proceeds go to the charity.


10 Cable Street is teaming up with fellow environmentally-conscious enterprises Sustainably Vegan, Hetu and the Mylkman for two nights of events to help Londoners learn more about a zero waste lifestyle. Wednesday will offer an introductory talk about the eco-movement – giving a broad overview of what it’s all about and helping you build strong foundations so you can flourish. Thursday will focus on reducing waste in the fashion world. There will be talk from Immy at Sustainably Vegan followed by a female clothes shop. Details can be found on the Facebook event pages for Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday’s tickets can be bought here for £8.50 and Thursday’s here for £7.50. The cost of your ticket includes a non-alcoholic drink on arrival and a snack.


5. Explore homelessness through poetry @ Hackney Showroom – Thu 7th

Homelessness isn’t a dirty word. Homelessness isn’t something to be ashamed of. Homelessness is a situation that can happen to anyone. Let’s change this stigma behind the word Homelessness and talk about it, change attitudes and effectively deal with it. Join a night of creativity, passion and compassion with Shelter at social enterprise venue Hackney Showroom. Hosted by Heather Elrick, there will be performances by Poamz, Kojo [Stein], Drey Cheekz, Frenzy, V Love and Lemzi. DJ on the night will be BIGZ THE HOST

Doors at 7pm. Admission is free, but tickets are still required – you can pick one up on the website. Make a donation to support the venue if you can.


6. Support a great cause with brunch, cocktails and live music in a secluded Soho garden @ HoSB – Sat 9th

This weekend is your last chance to catch a Saturday Session in the history courtyard of the unique not-for-profit members’ club – The House of St Barnabas. We’re talking two-for-one cocktails, great DJ sets and live music, and an optional brunch – and it’s all in aid of HoSB’s Employment Academy helping those affected by homelessness get back into lasting paid work. Brazilian songstress Nina Miranda and Femi Fem will be performing at the Satuday Sessions finale.

Tickets are £15 or £35 with brunch – plus a free drink. You can grab one on the Eventbrite page.


7. Help create social enterprises that fight plastic waste  @ citizenM – Tue 5th

Global volunteering network, MakeSense, is a running a unique Behavioural Design workshop in London. It’s all about using our collective brain-power to support Ministry of Waste – a new social enterprise trying to tackle pollution in the Philippines by encouraging locals to set-up microsbusinesses that recycle plastic waste. This workshop will teach you tools from behavioural insights and help you think up ways for the Ministry of Waste to help people change their everyday habits around plastic waste. It was created because so many social problems are preventable or solvable through changes in people’s habits, but those changes can be quite difficult to initate and sustain without the knowhow. After trialling the workshop successfully in Belgium and the Netherlands, it’s landing in London. Expect food, great company and lots of fun solution-making.

It starts at 6:45pm and is free to attend. Details can be found on the Facebook page. Previous knowledge of plastic, waste or behavioural change are not necessary.



Join the conversation and find other people going to these events at our Facebook community group: London’s ethical city explorers.


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