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Vevolution And Lush Life Host The UK Premiere Of What The Health

Pictured: Ali Tabrizi, Kip Anderson, Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel 

Pictured: Ali Tabrizi, Kip Anderson, Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel 

Yesterday along with our friends at Lush Life we were super privileged to co-host the UK premiere screening the new film by the makers of Cowspiracy called What The Health.

So far on our journey of creating the TED talks of veganism we have had some surreal days and yesterday was another one of those.

We are super fortunate that we get to collaborate and work with people who inspire us all the time. Yesterday early in the afternoon we had the privilege of interviewing our good friend Ali Tabrizi and What The Health Director Kip Anderson.

It was great to talk about the making of the film and how both Ali and Kip came to film-making.

Over the coming months sitting down and interviewing people in the vegan movement is something we're going to be doing much more of so watch out for that.

Ali Tabrizi and Kip Anderson in conversation with Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel

Ali Tabrizi and Kip Anderson in conversation with Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel

The event was hosted at the news Lush Media HQ. I have to say the venue is incredible and it is fantastic that Lush are willing to work with organisations with shared values to create inspiring events like this screening.

The evening saw some of the movers and shakers in UK veganism come together for an evening of networking, education and discussion.

Morgan, Alice and Jack enjoying the pre-screening reception

Morgan, Alice and Jack enjoying the pre-screening reception

The film screening itself didn't disappoint, it was informative and hard hitting and for anyone with a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease hard to watch at times.

The film highlighted how increasingly the science is telling us that eating animal based products is harmful to our health yet medical institutions are refusing to suggest a change in diet to treat curable illnesses. Instead they would rather medicate sick people with drugs than treat the cause of these illnesses. 

People looking on at the UK What The Health Premiere

People looking on at the UK What The Health Premiere

Watching this stuff it's hard not feel incensed especially when the film exposes how leading American heart, cancer and diabetes charities are funded by some of the biggest meat and dairy companies in the US. 

After the film screening there was a panel discussion hosted by Lush UK Director of Ethics Hilary Jones. On the panel was myself Damien Clarkson Co-Founder of Vevolution, Kip Anderson, Director of What The Health, Ali Tabrizi, film-maker and What The Health Assistant Editor and vegan chef Day Radley.

Kip Anderson on the mic during the What The Health Panel discussion

Kip Anderson on the mic during the What The Health Panel discussion

The panel discussion was super interesting. As a member of the panel I felt myself feeling incredibly proud of this community and movement. It has come so far and sitting on stage looking around the room I was able to see inspiring people everywhere. 

We're excited for more people to see this film it is going to literally save lives and help people live happier, healthier existences. 

Woj Gower from PlantCurious enjoying the lightbox

Woj Gower from PlantCurious enjoying the lightbox

Our Reflections On Vevolution Topics: Health And Wellbeing

Last week 160 people joined us for the second Vevolution Topics event of the year focusing on health and wellbeing. 

Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel Vevolution

Firstly both of us are totally overwhelmed by the kindness of spirit in this community. People came from all over the country to attend the event. And it really makes us happy when people come over and say hello to us.

We often think of Vevolution events as curating parties. We get to bring together people who inspire us in our lives and we get to share them with you.

We started off the evening by talking about the challenges of creating space for exercise and mindfulness in an increasingly chaotic world.

Both Judy and I find that when regularly exercise and practice yoga and meditation we are happier people. It was wonderful to hear all the speakers Adam, Bex, Chase and Felix speak from the heart about mindfulness as well as physical fitness. 

Vevolution Speakers and Hosts: Adam Stansbury, Felix Price, Judy Nadel, Damien Clarkson, Rebecca Walker, Chase Armitage

Vevolution Speakers and Hosts: Adam Stansbury, Felix Price, Judy Nadel, Damien Clarkson, Rebecca Walker, Chase Armitage

In his talk Adam Stansbury (The Plant Powered PT) shared his experiences from over a decade working in the fitness industry. He talked his journey from someone who ate steak for breakfast and suffered chronic health problems to the high performing plant-powered athlete he is today.

Adam also talked about his spiritual journey and how a trip to Peru and shamanic ceremonies helped him discover the path he wanted to follow in life.

Adam Stansbury (The Plant Powered PT)

Adam Stansbury (The Plant Powered PT)

We were very touched by Rebecca Walker's talk, she shared so intimately with the audience about body confidence issues that have plagued her throughout her life.

Her story is one of love for her daughter and herself, she shared her passion for running and how she now makes the most delicious breakfast pots called BexFast. P.S: We had these for breakfast on Wednesday morning and wow! they are amazing.

Rebecca Walker (Bexfast)

Rebecca Walker (Bexfast)

Chase Armitage spoke with a zest for life. His passion for movement and living without fear or compromise was really clear to see. Chase's career has seen him travel all around the world living his passion for movement, his talk was infectious and made us want to unleash our inner child. 

During his talk Chase said that growing up he always knew he would be part of a movement that would change the world. And when he found veganism he realised it was that movement. That really resonated with both of us.

Chase Armitage on the Vevolution stage

Chase Armitage on the Vevolution stage

And finally Felix... Wow! what a guy. We had the pleasure of practicing yoga and meditating with Felix last week and it was really a wonderful evening. Last night not only did he create a beautiful visual story of the evening he stood up and shared the story of how he became the spiritual arts practitioner he is today.

We both feel Felix's talk taught us to look beyond what is our physical reality. As humans we're only unlocking a small part of our potential.

Felix ended the evening with a beautiful song with the chorus 'you know what I mean when I say it's a dream'. And to us it really bringing all of you together for these inspirational evenings is a dream. We get to help grow the vegan movement and spread a message of love, compassion and understanding all sentient beings. 

Felix Price ending the evening with a song

Felix Price ending the evening with a song

Join us next month for Vevolution Topics Activism and Campaigning

Next up in our series of monthly events is Vevolution Activism and Campaigning. Tickets are on sale and we expect another sold out event.

Get your ticket and join us for another evening of inspiring talks to create a better world.

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