Free festival exploring wellbeing in Asian and Black communities comes to Greenwich

Chris Rock in 'Good Hair' which will be screened at the event

Happy Soul Festival, a celebration of Asian and Black culture through film, art and music, is coming to Greenwich on 31 May 2011.

Opening the two-week festival, the Greenwich event entitled ‘How to Respond’ will be held at Charlton House, Charlton Road, SE7 8RE. Doors will open at 1.30pm – spaces are limited so you must book in advance.

An exciting programme is planned for the day, including films, drumming, special guests, Bollywood dancers and poetry. There will also be delicious food, alternative therapies, health checks and threading. The event will end with a disco in the evening. For more information, please see the programme on the festival website

If you would like to attend, make sure you book a place for you, your family and friends at or by calling Sonja Heaslip on 020 8682 6109.

Volunteers are also needed to help out on the day. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sonja Heaslip at or call 020 8682 6109.

Volunteers will receive a free Happy Soul t-shirt, travel expenses (a receipt is needed for payment) and a certificate. An induction is being organised for all volunteers, which will take place on Monday 16 May, between 10.30am and 1pm.

Happy Soul Youth Awards
This year Happy Soul Festival has commissioned youth communities to make their own short films in the Boroughs of Wandsworth, Richmond, Sutton, Merton and Greenwich. These new films explore young people’s experiences and awareness of mental health.

The films will be screened and judged by a panel of industry professionals and community representatives at Cineworld Wandsworth on Thursday 9 June from 6pm to 9pm. Come along and support Greenwich. Arinze Kene, who plays Connor in Eastenders, will present the award to the winning film makers.

Published on 10th May 2011