The Happy List: 8 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

There’s lots of great stuff happening in October and we’re kicking off the month with 8 amazing events. Want our #HappyList straight to your inbox? Just drop your email...

There’s lots of great stuff happening in October and we’re kicking off the month with 8 amazing events. Want our #HappyList straight to your inbox? Just drop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Attend Fixfest @ various locations – Friday 6th to Sunday 8th

Fixfest is a global gathering for community repair. It’s bringing together volunteer repairers and tinkerers, activists, policy-makers, thinkers, and companies from all over the world in the name of taking greater care of the things we own – and better products. Join for 3 days of talks, workshops, skillshares and exchange. Friday and Saturday are organised around three themes (Curiosity, Earth, and Fairness). Sunday is a day of planning, tactics. Saturday night tickets are free – bring your broken or tired gadgets, and work with an international team of Restarters to see how to give it more life

The full schedule is available on the Fixfest website, as are tickets for each of the three days. Everything you need to know about attending can be found in this handy guide.


2. Catch a special screening of Gods In Shackles @ Royal Geographical Society – Saturday 7th

Gods in Shackles is an multi award-winning documentary that reveals the truth behind Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivals where temple elephants are exploited for profit under the guise of culture and religion. In this one-off high-profile screening at London’s Royal Geographical Society, you’ll get the chance to hear from the film’s director, producer, and co-writer Sangita Iyer, also the Founder & President of Voice for Asian Elephants Society, and key figures from the world of conservation including Virginia McKenna OBE and Will Travers OBE of the Born Free Foundation. All profits from this event will go directly to Voice for Asian Elephants Society and the Born Free Foundation to support the continuing conservation efforts of both.

Tickets start at £25 and can be bought on Eventbrite. The screening starts at 7:30pm.


3. Listen to stories about the kindness of strangers while raising money for refugees @ The Irish Centre – Friday 6th

The Kindness of Strangers harnesses the power of stories to build empathy with people from elsewhere. Join them for an evening of inspiring adventure talks and film in London to help raise funds and awareness for refugees. They’ll be announcing our speakers from the world of Film, TV and Adventure over the coming week. Check back regularily on their FB page for updates and announcements.

Tickets are £15 and available on Eventbrite here. The event starts at 6.30pm and all funds raised go to Oxfam and CalAid.


4. Enjoy an eclectic night of spoken word, poetry and live music @ Rich Mix – Tuesday 3rd

Each month, Out-Spoken takes attendees on an emotional journey, from wit to melancholy and everything in between; driven in the vehicles that are spoken word poetry and live music. Whether comedic or solemn, political or cathartic, the poetry is always moving. The musical acts are eclectic; although they lean more towards hip-hop and soul past acts have included acoustic, classical, experimental and folk. Expect an incredible line-up, including British Syrian writer, performer, philosopher and activist Lisa Luxx and singer-songwriter MIRI.

The event starts at 7pm. You can find the full line-up here and book tickets here.


5. Discover the secrets of Soho’s black history @ Soho – Saturday 7th

October is Black History Month. Each week, we’ll be doing our best to bring you a unique event showcasing London’s amazing black culture and history. This week we’ve got a very special walk for you that delves into the amazing depth of African/Caribbean heritage between Soho Square and Russell Square: We’re talking everything from ancient civilisations to black female entrepreneurs. It’s run by Black History Walks – a colletive of guides dedicated to bringing London’s 3,500+ year old black history to the attention residents and tourists alike.

Tickets are £10 and can be bought on Eventbrite. The exact meeting point will be confirmed following payment.


Persepolis is a critically acclaimed French-Iranian film about a young girl coming of age at the time of the Iranian Revolution. Before the projection, you will have the opportunity to have a look at the incredible collection around this private museum that is generally not available to the public. The movie starts at 6pm so make sure to arrive a bit earlier. The cinema has a bar for refreshments and some snacks will be available.

The screening starts at 6pm. Book your tickets here for a tenner and more details on Facebook. All funds raised go to Amnesty International UK.


7. Check out Buddhafield in the city @ The Brady Arts Centre – Saturday 7th

Buddhafield returns to East London for another conscious party. Expect open-hearted fun and friendliness combined with some of the finest bands, DJs and workshops the Buddhafield family has to offer. There will also be a chillout area, chai fire, a vegan and veggie cafe, art, stalls and healers. All proceeds from the event will go to the Buddhafield registered charity.

The festival starts at 1pm. Full details can be found on their Facebook event page and tickets can be bought here.


8. Party Colombian-style for children’s rights @ Rich Mix – Saturday 7th

Dance all night to upbeat Latin American rhythms and Colombian classics, all in support of Children Change Colombia. Performing on the night will be The Indios – a London based band blending upbeat South American rhythms with different genres such as: Funk, Indie, Rock, Reggae, Hip-hop, Dance and Country. Their lyrics explore a wide range of subjects from Latin American culture and history to politics and fictional stories; and  El Tuma – a London-based Afro Latino DJ, organiser and community activist, bringing a multi-genre mix of tropical beats from e-cumbia to hard salsa.

The night starts at 7pm and finishes at midnight. Tickets are £10 and are available to buy here. Net proceeds go to Children Change Colombia charity.


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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