The Happy List: 9 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

It might be dark and miserable outside, but we’ve got some seriously good events for you this week to cheer you up: from revolutionary art exhibitions to great new...

It might be dark and miserable outside, but we’ve got some seriously good events for you this week to cheer you up: from revolutionary art exhibitions to great new pop-ups with a purpose. Want this straight to your inbox every week? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.

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1. Catch one of these special Halloween film screenings @ various social enterprises – Tuesday 31st

With Halloween being on a Tuesday this year, you might prefer a more chilled way to commemorate the spookiest occasion of the year. So we’ve searched the city’s social enterprise cinema scene to bring you five of the best Halloween film screenings. Scare yourself silly and give back with these gems.


2. Imagine a recycled future @ Oxo Tower Wharf – Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th

The revolutionary sustainable sculptor Oskar OK Krajewski is staging a unique exhibition at Oxo Tower Wharf to showcase the accumulation of 5 years worth of his groundbreaking work. His sculptures highlight the important message of sustainability, constructed from virtually anything not easily biodegradable that we casually throw away: obsolete computers, broken everyday objects, unwanted toys and all forms of plastic. Employing the latest technologies – sensors, light, sound and movement – all recycled items are brought to life, with new meaning and beauty.  Recycled Future will also showcase OK’s private collection featuring 3 selected artists who complement the theme and style of the exhibition. It’s all taking place at Oxo Tower Wharf – owned by the social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders.

The exhibition runs from November 1st – 4th, 11am – 8pm. More details here.


3. Learn the quick way to bake your own bread  @ Luminary Bakery – Thursday 2nd

The life-changing purveryor of delectable baked goods, Luminary Bakery, is hosting a breadmaking class for the time-challenged next Tuesday. Here’s how they describe it: “This 2 hour class will teach you delicious breads that you can make in hardly any time at all. You’ll learn 3 different recipes all taught by one of our super skilled head bakers. You’ll get to take home the recipes, a few bits of new equipment, and of course all of your delicious treats. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided and there will be a chance to learn more about who we are as a bakery and a social enterprise, with the opportunity to purchase some of our merchandise or sponsor some of what we do for the women on our course.”

The session starts at 6pm. Get your tickets here.


4. Check out Surgery Slave: an immersive exhibition on the impact of plastic surgery @ For Fuk Sake – Thursday 2nd

The Nave – a socially-conscious art collective – is hosting a unique creative event to explore the ever growing phenomenon that is Plastic Surgery in support of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. From insecurities judgement, media, corporations pushing products to negative thought patterns, addiction and dysmorphia, this event shall cover it all. Expect live installations, performance art, filming, photography and DJs until late. With is being Halloween week, they’re inviting everyone to come dressed to the theme ‘Surgery Slave’ (optional). Get creative on what this means to you.

The event is pay-what-you-want, but donations are suggested. Tickets can be bought here. More details on their Facebook page.


5. Get fit in a week. Help ex-offenders turn their lives around @ Old Street Station – Monday 30th to Sunday 5th

Social enterprise fitness brand The Hard Yard is popping up at Old Street station all week… and offering an unlimited workout package. 30 workouts. 7 days. £35. The unique workouts are as inspirational as they are gruelling – taught by ex-offenders who designed the exercises based on their own methods of keeping fit in cramped prison cells. We were so excited we wrote a whole thing.

If you’re already sold, you can book here.


6. Rave all morning in support of Mexico’s earthquake victims @ The Vaults – Saturday 4th

Morning Gloryville is the ultimate wake-up call – an inclusive, empowering, and exhilarating way to start your day. To commemorate Día de los Muertos, Morning Gloryville is teaming up with Wahaca in the underground labyrinth and immersive theatre venue, The Vaults for a Saturday Morning rave. 10% of your ticket price will be donated to charities supporting those affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

Full details on their Facebook page. Tickets can be bought


7. Join a “tea & toast” pop-up to launch the 888 Collective @ FountLondon – Tuesday 31st

Mental health social enterprise the 888 Collective is launching next week with a pop-up in Hackney. The Collective is run by people with lived experience of mental health issues and is dedicated to creating work opportunities for people who have faced similar challenges. You can read more about it here. For the pop-up, they’ve taken over 2 sheds in Fount London and would love you to check out the little venue they will be taking over until the end of December.

The pop-up will be open from 8am-6pm. Do check it out if you’re in the area.


8. Belly laugh with some of the best emerging comedians @ Hackney Showroom – Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st

Social enterprise Hackney Showroom is hosting some of the best emerging young comedians in two nights of Comedy Trolls. Expect an evening of comedy sketches, stand-up, song and more.

Tickets for either night are a bargain fiver and can be bought here. Full line-up and further details available on their Facebook page.


9. Feast on gourmet Mexican vegan food @ Black Cat Cafe – Saturday 4th

Fat Gay Vegan is heading to not-for-profit co-operative vegan restaurant Black Cat Café in Hackney for a Mexican feast. Details released soon but so far, you can expect a party celebrating the most-adored cuisine and comfort food out of Mexico City. This multi-course seated eating experience is curated by superstar vegan chef Mariana Blanco of the legendary Los Loosers, Mexico City.

An extremely popular event, only tickets (£30) for the 5pm sitting are available – get in fast before they sell out!

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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