January 8, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 8.1.16

Happy New Year! Here is your weekly round-up of handpicked cross-cultural recommendations from the team at Unity.

1. UNMASK YOUR IDEAS

This year sees the launch of a new concept for creative people in London. Unmasked brings together script readings, screenings of short films, and new web series – creating a brand new network of people with big ideas.

January’s event is taking place at the brilliant Stratford Picturehouse, just round the corner from the Olympic Park.

There will be feedback provided for scripts and films, as well as a chance to enter future events with your big ideas. A great place to make something happen!

WHERE? Stratford Picturehouse, East London
WHEN? January 18th
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2. MARIO CRAVO NETO AT RIVINGTON PLACE

One of the most important and influential contemporary Brazilian photographers, Cravo Neto, was fascinated by the complex cultural heritage of Bahia in the northeast of Brazil.

This part of Brazil was the point of entry for millions of African slaves between the 16th and 19th century. The imagery in this exhibition is deeply steeped in the religion of Candomblé – an Afro-Brazilian form of worship practiced by Cravo Neto – which finds its origins in traditional West African Yoruba culture.

This promises to be a stunning exhibition, at one of our favourite galleries in Shoreditch.

WHERE? Rivington Place, Shoreditch
WHEN? From January 15th
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3. LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The talented team from London Short Film Festival are back with another year of fantastic short films.

Last year, the short film festival with a big reputation received more than 1,500 submissions and sold more than 10,000 tickets, representing the very best in emerging UK film and creative talent.

One of London’s best-loved film festivals, this year’s special events include CATS&CATS&CATS, featuring the world’s greatest cat cinema (newly commissioned work and some classic short films), and a Harmony Korine weekender at the ICA.

WHERE? Venues around London
WHEN? January 8th to 17th
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4. LE PATIN LIBRE

Canadian quintet, Le Patin Libre, are bringing an incredible free-skate show to Somerset House this month.

This very modern show brings cutting-edge style together with a sense of danger, all against the backdrop of the stunning and iconic setting of one of our capital’s finest courtyards.

The show features the unique lighting design of Lucy Carter and music from Jasmin Boivin, all contributing to a unique skating spectacle.

WHERE? Somerset House, London
WHEN? January 12th to 16th
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5. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF PING PONG

With table tennis tables, bars and events going on around London, Ping Pong has probably never been cooler. If you’re a big fan, it’s worth getting the World Championship of Ping Pong on your radar.

The 2016 event is going to be bigger and better than ever – expanding to three days with play and features 64 players from all over the world, headed by defending champion Andrew Baggaley of England.

WHERE? Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London
WHEN? January 22nd to 24th
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6. RESOLUTION FESTIVAL

Made any resolutions this year? Maybe one should be checking out this amazing festival: Resolution, the UK’s biggest dance festival for emerging artists, which is back for its 27th year.

There are almost 80 companies showcasing their work throughout the festival, pushing the boundaries of dance through bold ideas and movement.

Breakin’ Convention, Jacksons Lane and Rambert are among those making the festival happen this year. There’s even an online quiz to help those new to dance decide what to see and watch.

WHERE? The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London
WHEN? January 8th to February 19th
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