It’s our 25th Birthday!

By Elisa
Posted: 27/01/2023

2023 is a very special year for Headway East London: it marks a quarter of a century changing the lives of people living with brain injuries. 

For our 25th birthday, we are delighted to present “A Journey of Discovery” – a programme of events that celebrate all elements that make up our community.

From Not Just a Gala Dinner to our takeover of the Barbican’s Curve Gallery, we are inviting everyone to experience the lively and magical atmosphere of Headway East London, while we continue to advocate for and amplify the voices of people living with brain injury.

You can see our full programme below – and keep an eye on this page and on our social media channels for more updates!


16 Mar

Not Just a Gala Dinner, a special edition of our legendary supper clubs “Headway Eats” at the Tab Centre, Shoreditch. We will celebrate the decade of our birth with 90’s themed tables, live musical performances by our members, the Nordoff Robbins Community Choir and the “Headway Band”, and storytelling showcasing the journeys of our members and our charity’s history. The dinner will raise vital funds for our future, and will feature a lively auction of original artwork by artists living with brain injuries from the Submit to Love Studios.

15-19 May

Action for Brain Injury Week 2023 – Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury. For Action for Brain Injury week, we are joining Headway UK in raising awareness and understanding about the causes of brain injury and how our work can help rebuild lives. Watch our video

1 June

Headway Eats is back with a special edition called “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” to celebrate the wonderful world of Carol, singer, style queen, astrologer and Headway East London member since 2002. Expect delicious food, live music and storytelling. Get your tickets here. 

24 Jun

25th Birthday Party for Headway East London members, their families and carers, to come together at our centre in Haggerston, and celebrate the lively community around which we have developed our unique holistic approach for 25 years.

29 Jul-6 Aug

differently various – A highlight of our multi-year partnership with the Barbican, the Curve will be transformed for 9 days in a mesmerising interactive exhibition co-designed by our members with the support of curators Art et. Al and designers PUP Architects. We will share stories about brain injury through unique artwork alongside video, audio and print material. You will be able to join in and explore differently various through a free events programme, with members of our community offering tours, talks and workshops in the gallery alongside relaxed performances of music, poetry, and film screenings. Find out more. 

28 Sep

Our supper club Headway Eats returns with a delicious menu devised and cooked by our members. You are invited to…taco walk on the wild side with us for an unforgettable Mexican Fiesta! Enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients and meet the Headway East London community at our canal-side home in Haggeston. Book here.

19 Oct

A Member-Led Conference to understand the unique challenges that people living with brain injury face daily. We will invite commissioners, social workers and medical professionals to our centre to learn about brain injury from people with lived experience and long-standing partners of Headway East London. Buy your ticket here!

28 Nov

Our annual Big Give Christmas Campaign will be launched on Giving Tuesday to support our vital services – an opportunity not to be missed to double your impact for people living with brain injury. Find out more here.

30 Nov

At our annual Christmas Open Studio we open the doors of our Submit to Love art studio to the public to showcase and sell artworks made by our artists, and a unique range of merchandise and Christmas gifts featuring their unique designs. Find out more here.

25 Jan

Winter Feast is a deluxe version of our supper clubs and this year we will celebrate Burns Night! If you’re looking for a special Xmas gift for your friends and loved ones, this is a fantastic opportunity. Expect delicious food, performances & storytelling, and fantastic merchandise from our Submit to Love art studio. Buy your tickets here!

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