Shake off the winter blues this weekend at Arcola’s Green Sundays. This month’s event focuses on ‘Well Being, Health & Happiness’. Discover what it would be like if the government pursued happiness as a national agenda, have a free massage, take part in fun and games or make your own facial products using ingredients from the larder.

The Audience at Green Sundays

The Audience at Green Sundays

As well as the usual live music and short films, you also have the chance to give your lungs a workout in a singing workshop, or if that isn’t your bag why not try the free laughing workshop – guaranteed to make you giggle.


1 – 4pm
Lunch, live music and networking
NHS health checks (to be eligible you need to be a Hackney resident and 40+. For those who aren’t eligible for the full check, a blood pressure check will be available.)
Make your own natural beauty products with the Fab Cat on Oats girls using ingredients to be found in your larder

1 – 3.30pm
Free massage with Hands Inc (Studio 3)
On-site Acupressure massage and Indian Head massage (both fully clothed)

Introduction to the work of Mindapples and the New Economics Foundation’s Five Ways to Well-Being

An exploration of ways to Connect, Be Active and Give
Hackney Voluntary Action to give a talk on the benefits of volunteering, focusing on roles relating to the environment and looking at the health benefits of getting involved.

Games with Briony Greenhill from the Fun Fed

3.30 – 4.30pm
Sing your Socks off with Maya Waldman (Studio 3). Come warm up your body and voice with seriously soulful, uplifting and luscious songs from here there and everywhere. The workshop is open to everyone, experienced and inexperienced singers alike. No need to read music, everything is taught by ear.

4 – 4.30pm
Planetellas – Live music
The Planetellas’ singer drops in to take you planet hopping. Melodies infused with joy about nature, bright colours and beauty

Mindapples workshop
5-a-day for your mind. The original “5-a-day” campaign encouraged people to take care of their physical health through simple daily activities, and Mindapples do the same thing for mental health. Mindapples will be asking you to contribute to their campaign by asking you “What’s your five-a-day? What do you do to make yourself happy?”

5.15 – 6pm
Laughter Workshop (Studio 3)
Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Join in this fun laughter workshop for all ages with Carrie Graham, founder of

Short film programme including:
Trailer of Gross National Happiness presented by Michael Rutland OBE, the former tutor to the Fourth King of Bhutan
Talk by Dan Gilbert of TED: “Why are we Happy?”

6pm – 6.45pm
Talk by Michael Rutland OBE and New Economics Foundation about the concept of Gross National Happiness
Q&A and audience led discussion

Unless otherwise stated, all activities will be held in the Café Bar.

A meeting place for people and minds, Green Sundays provides an opportunity for the ecologically curious of all ages to explore environmental issues in a relaxed and fun forum through music, film, spoken word, games and discussions.

For more information visit

Arcola Theatre, 22 Arcola Street, Dalston, E8 2DJ

FREE – Drop in anytime, all welcome