May 1, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 01.05.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

Lock down your aerials…

1. A CELEBRATION OF UK STREET CULTURE

StreetFest is returning to London on Sunday May 3rd. The all-day festival offers the very best of Britain’s street culture in a brand new venue at Wapping’s Tobacco Dock.

The festival brings together artists from a variety of disciplines including live art, dance, fashion, urban sports, music, street food and tattooing.

WHERE? Tobacco Dock Wapping
WHEN? May 3rd

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2. ON LIGHT FESTIVAL

The Wellcome Collection is hosting a special event, designed to illuminate our human relationship with light. It features an extended weekend of performance, discussion, activity and art.

Artists and academics will come together to explore the significance of light in human life, to discover how it feeds, fascinates and inspires us, and reflect on its influence over our health and happiness.

More than 60 scientists, historians, artists and architects, are involved in the cultural and scientific importance of light. UCL Museums and the Institue of Making are also hosting elements of the programme.

WHERE? The Wellcome Collection, UCL, near Euston, London
WHEN? May 1st to May 4th

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3. CREATED IN CLERKENWELL POP-UP

Our talented neighbours – the Creative Clerkenwell team – has opened a pop-up shop, featuring a selection of beautiful products created in our area.

Creative Clerkenwell is a fantastic website, a priceless resource for artists, makers and design enthusiasts. It offers information and inspiration about trade shows, design events and happenings around Clerkenwell and EC1, in the very heart of creative London.

Highlights from the pop-up shop include jewellery from Amanda Li Hop, ceramics from Ikuko Iwamoto, and letterpressed cards from Marby and Elm.

WHERE? 21 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DX
WHEN? Until May 3rd

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4. NEW TRENDS AND TASTES IN COFFEE

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the UK’s biggest celebration of coffee culture.

The London Coffee Festival will feature tasting sessions, talks and tutorials to go alongside the 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls (including Italy’s renowned L’Accademia di Cimbali), interactive workshops, and the always entertaining Coffee Masters barista battle.

DJs will be on hand, playing tropical music from the world’s “bean belt” – and there’s also the chance to enjoy the festival’s notorious espresso martinis..

WHERE? Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, East London
WHEN? Until May 3rd

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5. SWING THE VOTE

Throughout the past year, the all-star Unity team have been hard at work on a vInspired campaign to get young people registered to vote – #SwingTheVote.

And we’re delighted to say that it’s been a huge success! Previously the campaign has featured a crowd-sourced film directed by our campaign spokesman Rick Edwards, a world-first Twitter-powered street art battle based on young people’s political passion points, and a major festival tour.

All of our creative work was backed-up by a hard-working press office. This week, the hard work of our campaign team really paid-off with some fantastic results back from the Electoral Commission. Around 70% of the UK’s young people are now registered to vote, the highest percentage since the 1960s, and an upswing of 14% since the last election.

Ahead of next week’s election, the team were doing media relations and broader storytelling around this campaign, with the campaign featuring in major pieces on Sky News, The Times, The Independent, The Huffington Post and beyond.