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

Summer might be just about over (did it ever start?), but we’ve got 9 awesome events to help you beat those Autumnal blues… and all in support of some...

Summer might be just about over (did it ever start?), but we’ve got 9 awesome events to help you beat those Autumnal blues… and all in support of some great causes. 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. Come together in Brixton for a Afro-Latino community celebration @ various – Friday 29th to Sunday 1st

The Brixton Come Together community festival is back for its 6th year… and this time around, you can expect a huge Afro-Latin American celebration. Over three days, the streets of Brixton will be a colourful feast for all the senses with carnival parades, live music, film screenings and food galore. The festival is being co-produced with Parche Production to celebrate Afro-Latino culture right in the heart of Brixton. Expect a top line-up of musicians, artists, speakers and performers, from Latin America and beyond. This year, the festival will also introduce an all new area in St Matthew’s Peace Garden: The Village of the Future. It will be a space for young ones, older ones and all those curious minds in-between, featuring music, dance and craft workshops for all ages.

The festival will run all weekend: Fri & Sat at Windrush Square, Sat & Sunday at St Matthews Peace Garden. Entry is free and you can find more details on the FB page. Contact the organisers if you’d like to volunteer.


2. Watch a charity screening of As World’s Divide (with vegan nibbles) @ Artefacto Bespoke Tattoo and Arts Space – Monday 25th 

The guys at ethical tattoo and arts space, Artefacto, are presenting a unique preview screening of As World’s Divide – a documentary raising awareness of the issues facing the Mentawai indigenous people in Indonesia. The screening is happening in conjunction with the visit of Mentawai tattooist Durga who will be in attendance on the night. There’s a £10 suggested donation, which goes directly to the Indigenous Education Foundationa charity seeking to prevent long-term poverty amongst displaced Indigenous peoples by empowering their development of educational solutions. There will be vegan nibbles and drinks and Artefacto welcomes anyone to bring a vegan dish and or drink

There are limited spaces available so RSVP if possible. You can make a donation on the website and Artefacto will also be accepting cash donations on IEF’s behalf on the evening. Screening starts at 7pm – further details available on FB.


3. Join a pop-up poetry event to explore freedom of movement @ St Pancras Int – Thursday 28th

It’s National Poetry Day on Wednesday, so arts charity Poet in the City is taking over St Pancras station for a series of unique pop-up events throughout the day. The theme is all about exploring the freedom of travel and its struggles, whether that be through stories of seeking asylum, returning home or embarking on adventure. Poets and performers will bring the stories of those who travel to seek refuge to the foreground, interrogating present day struggles for freedom around the world. Through music and poetry artists will show what magic can be achieved when people from around the world meet and forge new and unique identities within London. Come and listen to a line-up of mesmerising poets and musicians, including Jolade Olusanya, JJ Bola, Belinda Zhawi and Basel Zaraa.

Pop-ups will be happening throughout the day, starting at 10am and with the last event kicking-off at 6.45pm. The full schedule can be found on their FB event page.

4. Check out a second hand fashion event @ Adam&Eve DDB – Wednesday 27th

Communications agency Adam&Eve DDB is hosting a pop-up charity shop called ‘The Fig Leaf’ at their Paddington office… and launching it with a fantastic fashion event. The evening will feature live music from up-and-coming musician Charlotte OC as well as a host of young new designers. There will also be celebrity stylist Emma Slade to help you put together some fabulous outfits and amazing prices. All proceeds will go to children’s hospital charity COSMIC and their Home from Home Appeal to build 1st class, parent accommodation at St Mary’s Hospital.

The event starts at 5:30pm and is free to anyone who would like to attend. More details on the Eventbrite page.


5. Celebrate the end of summer @ Dalston Roof Park – Friday 29th and Saturday 30th

Social enterprise bar Dalston Roof Park and its parent charity, the Bootstrap company, are celebrating the last weekend of summer with parties across the weekend. In attendance will be some of their favourite promoters and DJs who have worked with them over the last 5 months, helping to raise money for the charity. The lineup will not be announced but they promise it will be VERY special. As they want it to be their biggest and best blowout yet – they have decided to offer selected free drinks for the first hour to really get the party started.

Friday’s events starts at 5pm and Saturday’s at 3pm. Tickets can be bought on Residentadvisor. Full details on the Facebook event page.


Resis’Dance is a women’s events collective putting on parties for radical grassroots groups. For their next party, the collective will be raising funds for two great organisations: African Rainbow Family (ARF) – a non-for-profit organisation supporting LGBTIQ people of African heritage; and Babel’s Blessing Language Schoola grassroots language school that runs affordable language classes that are politically relevant for communities. Resisdance’s resident DJs will be playing alongside guests who are TBC.

The party kicks-off at 10pm at Five Miles in Seven Sisters. Tickets are £3 (unwaged), £5 (waged) and £7 (solidarity), and can be bought on the Facebook or Eventbrite pages.


7. Attend a Hope n Mic night for Rohingya @ Brady Art CentreFriday 29th

Hope n Mic are a community group of artists that combine poetry and music with charity. In a one-off #Stand4Rohingya event, Hope n Mic will be supporting the Rohingyan community who are fleeing destruction, persecution, and mass genocide in Myanmar. The event will feature some of the most exciting rising artists, as well as the headline being none other than our own homegrown talent, Shapla Salique (accompanied by the generosity of her band). There will also be speakers from the charity sector and humans rights organisations with Q+A sessions, auctions and raffles to raise funds for our Rohingya Appeal and an open mic section for those that register on the night. All money raised will be added to a collective pot and delivered by a group of humanitarian workers travelling to Bangladesh (with all costs self-funded) to the border to support the Rohingyan refugees, overseen by Muslim Charity.

The event starts at 7:30pm and tickets can be bought online on their Eventbrite page or from Salam Jones on 07540 322 980. Shapla Salique CDs will be on sale for £10, 100% of this will go to the Appeal.


The Sustainable Food Story are back at Skip Garden social enterprise in King’s Cross for an Autumn vegetarian “crunch” like no other. Welcome autumn with their Jamaican sugared heritage cornmeal porridge adorned with scrumped autumnal fruit compotes, marrying together 2 cultures in an explosion of flavour. Then tuck into slices of heritage house sourdough lathered in butter and topped with thyme infused homemade baked beans, sourced from our friends at Hodmedods purveyor of the great British pulse. Save time recline with a Bloody Mary or a warming cup of Douglas fir tea forages on one of adventures, and recline in the autumnal sun. Expect a communal dining experience where you can learn all about sustainability in food, fabrics and cosmetics. HENRI, the beautiful organic clothing brand will also be in attendance, showcasing some of Hetty’s new line, chatting about how organics and the environment extend even further than food into textiles.

Tickets are £22 and available on the GrubClub website. There were three slots available, but just one left now (11am – 3pm)… so move quickly!


9. Celebrate the UK’s biggest grassroots music festival @ London Fields Arches – Sunday 1st

Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK –all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, and all in aid of Oxfam GB. And on Sunday, it arrives in Hackney with a great line-up of artists, craft beers, delectable street food, free massages, glitter and face painting, arts displays and more.

The festival is taking place at London Fields Brewery and London Fields Taproom, kicking off at 12.30pm and finishing at midnight. £12 early bird tickets and the full line-up are available on the website.


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