September 19, 2014

CULTURE CLUB: On Your Radar 19.09.14

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.
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Sorry veggies – but your life must suck.  And this is why: barbeques. You may have made it through the summer weeping over your grilled halloumi and roasted courgettes, but Camden Town Brewery won’t let you off just yet, by hosting the Brisketfest celebration of slow-cooked BBQ beef stalwart; brisket. There are eight brisket chefs including Smokestak and Miss P’s BBQ featuring at this Texas-style festival of meat, and getting a ticket means you can try all eight for £30 – sandwiched between two pieces of bread. So for the sane meat-eaters among us, start fasting now to work up your appetite. Also, if you haven’t been to Camden Town brewery yet, you really should – they have speciality and guest beers as well as their crispy, flowery signature Camden Pale Ale.

–       WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Camden Town Brewery (Chalk Farm)




It may be a heat wave this weekend, but if you’re the type who prefers to don a Detective Lund-style chunky knit and skulk around like they’re an extra in The Killing, then this Nordic film pick is one for you. Highly recommended by Unity culture vulture Rachael Martin, In Order of Disappearance is a “surprisingly funny” black comedy that starts off with a Norwegian snowplow operator (stereotypical, much?) finding out his son has committed suicide. However, he senses foul play – and takes it into his own hands to avenge his son’s death. Framed by bare scenery with brutal yet amusing violence, if the classic In Bruges met Fargo, this film would be it.

WHEN/WHERE: Until 25th September, Curzon Soho



We know from a revelation earlier this week that a couple of our key Unity people are big on buildings – from fancy floor plans to stunning shop fronts, it sort of floats their boat. So great timing that Open House London is back for another year, enabling the public to experience some of the incredible architecture that London has to offer. There are 800 buildings on show, including some that house less than reputable tenants – No 10 Downing Street – as well as neighborhood walks and architects’ talks. The celebration of all things house (almost all, anyway) only happens annually, so definitely check out a few of these humble – and not so humble – abodes.

WHEN/WHERE: This weekend, various venues




A bit of a left-field pick from the UCC team this week; mini-festival Rabbit Hole is brought to London by Mode, a collective offering immersive experiences to people. There’s a mix of music and entertainment within the West London venue this weekend – gnarly guitars, psychedelic DJ’s, cows…yep. Anyway for £20 it’s worth checking out either way, as Mode’s Creative Director is co-founder of Shangri-La – you get the idea…

–  WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, W10, 5QZ




At Unity, we like nice things and the exciting ways that people create nice things – especially when these methods push the boundaries of traditional design and structure. In short, we have a long and often-renewed relationship with ‘stuff’, in all its various forms. So make sure you head down to London Design Festival (which ends this weekend) to check out more nice stuff, and ensure we know what’ll be next on the nice stuff scale. There’s so many events on that we wouldn’t want to prioritise just a few, but seeing as that’s the job of this round-up, would recommend designjunction at the Old Sorting Office, where live flash factory demonstrations will explore materials and manufacturing, as well as design trade shows Tent London & Super Brands London, which will be at Old Truman Brewery – presenting a diverse range of products and large-scale installations by leading global brands, established independents and undiscovered talents. Nice.

WHEN/WHERE:  This weekend, various venues.




How much stuff is 1000 years old? NOT VERY MUCH, THAT’S TEN WHOLE CENTURIES. It seems inconceivable that Southwark’s been around for that long (I thought my great uncle was old – he ain’t got nothing on this). So Borough Market is having an extra-special celebration for their birthday, as you would if you’d managed to survive a millennium. And it’s set to be a good ‘un, as the public will be invited to do more than the usual sampling of cheese freebies, by creating a living interactive artwork of visitor’s footprints. People will walk through eco-friendly paint on entrance, leaving behind a colourful path of footprints around the stalls – representing the number of footprints that have passed through the market across the centuries. It’s on this Saturday, if you want to leave your mark on an iconic London space.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Borough Market