We’re getting extra creative this week: bringing you excellent art, award-winning storytelling and theatrical fun… and throwing some delectable food and great parties into the mix for good measure. Want this straight to your inbox every week? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.
1. Check out a pop-up exhibition of Koreo Prize finalists: a socially-conscious storytelling competition @ DigitasLBi – Tuesday 7th
The Koreo Prize is a national storytelling competition which aims to unlock fresh perspectives on 6 pressing social issues: community resilience, gender equality, social mobility, wellbeing, social housing & food security. Based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Koreo Prize gives young creative people an opportunity to explore in inequalities of today through whatever medium they choose.
Koreo is running a pop-up exhibition to showcase the work of the Koreo Prize finalists. Come by for documentary screenings, photography, zines, plays, art installations, human libraries, performance art and more. The Prize Finalists are a group of 30 young people from a whole range backgrounds including students, young professionals, artists, Charity works trainees, activists & film makers.
2. Attend the ultimate (non) street party with the six degree society @ Shoreditch Studios – Saturday 11th
The Six Degrees Society hosts great parties to test the six degrees of separation theory (yep, you know the one) with all the profits going to charity. On Saturday, they will be throwing a huge street party – except, to beat the weather, the street will actually be inside and under a giant railway arch. To make good on their claim of this being the ‘Ultimate‘ Street Party, expect a graffiti wall, festival facepaint, street performers, a pop-up bar and much more. All profits will goes to Children with Cancer UK.
Sustainable social enterprise Skip Garden comes alive on winter evenings with the sights and smells of popping foods and open fires. Your table for the evening will be around the fire pit or the woodburner as they lay on a meandering feast around the garden and its quirky buildings. Pick your way around the different fire stations for deliciously warming grub or swing by the comfort station for a cup of tea and a hot water bottle. The cosy yurt will provide refuge from the cold if the chill gets too much. A celebration of all foods that expand, pop, and explode. Their culinary wizards will be laying on a vegetarian experience of flavours and textures alongside hearty warming grub with the last of Autumn’s bounty. Full menu to be announced soon.
4. Take part in a migrant-inspired theatrical adventure through the streets of Shoreditch @ Rich Mix – until Saturday 18th
A young migrant, Twistov, has gone missing in London. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the experience of migrant communities currently living in UK cities, Twistov explores identity and home and who we become if both are taken away from us.
Twistov will start at social enterprise, Rich Mix, and be staged in Shoreditch, the heart of Dickens’ East End, where faint traces of the past remain visible. After attending a talk by a distinguished lecturer the audience will be taken in small groups on a man-hunt, a bird-watch, and a game of cat-and-mouse in search of the elusive Twistov. As they journey, the audience will experience stories from the hidden lives of east London’s migrant population.
Twistov is presented by Teatro Vivo in association with Dash Arts (two non-for-profit arts organisations). Tickets are £15 and can be bought here.
5. Learn how to make your own tonics & teas (with a light vegan supper included) @ Jenius Social – Thursday 9th
In a hands-on workshop, cook and food writer Rachel de Thample will invite you into the world of fermenting, with recipes and techniques from her new book, Tonics & Teas. Tonics and teas have long been hailed as remedies for all manner of ailments and illnesses, and for their amazing health benefits. In this session you’ll learn to make drinks to fight colds, balance your gut flora, boost your immune system, and feel ready to take on the world. Your ticket includes a light, vegan supper of soup and sourdough. The workshop will include tasting, demos and hands-on making, covering local and seasonally-inspired health-giving tipples. Profits from the evening will go to London Food Link, part of the food and farming charity Sustain.
Get your tickets for £32 (or £42 with Rachel’s book) here. The event starts at 6pm.
Leadership Coach and Trainer Debbie Warraner is hosting a unique session on how to Drawing on her experiences in senior policy-making, grassroots activism and running her own coaching and training enterprise, Debbie has lots of fascinating insights to share about how to increase your impact.
The event will take place at the Hive Dalston, a social enterprise space created by changemakers ReSpace Projects – a not-for-profit company set up to facilitate the use of empty buildings for social and environmental good. Many wonderful things have happened in the space over the past few years but sadly they have to leave on 17 November as the space is being converted to flats. The event will therefore also include celebration of the Hive – hearing stories from them of their success and their top tips for changemakers.
The event is being run on a donations basis. All donations will go to the ReSpace project and the Hive to continue their great work. Register for your ticket here.
7. Draw a line under torture with this inspirational art exhibition @ Bargehouse, Oxo Tower – Thursday 8th to Sunday 12th
Established and emerging artists feature in this free, five-day exhibition in support of charity Freedom from Torture: Sir Howard Hodgkin, David Nash, Gillian Ayres, Sir Quentin Blake, Edmund de Waal, Cornelia Parker, Jake and Dinos Chapman and 55 other leading artists will be exhibiting alongside survivors of torture from The Open Art Studio; Freedom from Torture’s art therapy group. All work will be available to purchase through an online and live auction (closing on the 9th) and proceeds will go directly to Freedom From Torture.
Update (6/11): unfortunately, this event has had to be postponed… We’ll keep you posted about when the next one is happening.
Why wait for a night out to enjoy silent disco? Nobody’s Watching brings the fun of silent disco to your fitness routine. With the physical benefits of a workout, and the feel-good benefits of a night out, you will leave the session in a contagiously good mood. Start with a 15 minute warm up to loosen up and learn some groovy dance moves. You can then let your hair loose and dance freestyle to your favourite songs from our two different music channels. One features all the classic dance hits from the 70s and 80s. The other is 90s and 2000s. You can also ask for on demand tunes on the day. The event is taking place at social enterprise The Canvas – London’s first Happy Cafe. It is being run on a pay-it-forward basis, so attendance is free, but you’re encouraged to put some money towards The Canvas’ pay-it-forward scheme providing free meals and drinks to vulnerable people.
Register for your ticket here.
UNDRHUNGER is a fundraising gig organised by and featuring young Londoners which aims to raise awareness and money in support of Centrepoint.Hosted by Jack Matthew and Anna-Marie Descartes, UNDRHUNGER will be a night where this generation of the hottest new talent in film and music will take a stand and help Londoners who are affected by youth homelessness and hunger. There will be music performances and exclusive premieres of short films. The night will conclude in a special, surprise headliner performance. The night will feature performances by new artists such as Diamantina, Renné, Civil & Nics, Rhythm of Men and Russeni, and include premiere screenings of commissioned short films by young London filmmakers delving into the subjects of youth homelessness.
Tickets can be bought here. All proceeds go to Centrepoint charity. There will be a Films for Food Collection station, where you can donate non-perishable food items and toiletries to local foodbanks.
Join the conversation and find other people going to these events at our Facebook community group: London’s ethical city explorers.