April 2, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 02.04.15

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. THE LION PAW ROARS

Mini-festival Lion Paw debuts in Dalston on Saturday. Taking place in and around The Shacklewell Arms, it features a full day of live music, exhibitions, an art market with a twist and much more. The event is organised by cool-hunting creative collective YOUNG GOLD TEETH (they celebrate the best of the UK’s new creative scenes) – with the whole festival organised “in the name of human kindness”.

WHERE? The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston
WHEN? Saturday, April 4th

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2. A GOTHIC PLAYGROUND

A major new sculpture and permanent soft play centre by Turner-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, for the disused Abbey Leisure Centre in Barking. This incredible piece fuses a play park, vertical slides, a giant gothic climbing frame and conceptual art in a corner of East London. Called The Idol, this ambitious work reimagines what childhood play should look like, using monochromatic colours to challenge the multi-coloured aesthetic of soft play areas. It takes inspiration from historical eras including architectural fragments, sculpture and robots. It brings a sense of the Pompidou Centre in Paris to Barking, with the centre of the space dominated buy a towering cage-like robotic figure – all inspired by the Dagenham Idol, a neolithic figure discovered in the area in 1922.

WHERE? The Abbey Leisure Centre, Barking, East London
WHEN? Open Thursday nights for adults, until May 14th

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3. ELECTION TRAIL COCKTAILS

The team at M Restaurants are putting a bit of fun back into British politics. Three cocktails are being served on their terrace, representing our big three parties, with a swingometer displaying the leading cocktail each day..

WHERE? M Restaurants, Threadneedle Walk, City of London
WHEN? Friday April 3rd onwards

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4. THE GENERATION OF Z

Taking a chainsaw to the fourthwall. This is a 75 minute immersive ‘zombie apocalypse’ experience through an incredible 100-year-old East End department store where apparently ‘the deadly Z virus has transformed the global population into a rabid horde of infected zombies’.. High-octane immersive theatre on steroids..

WHERE? Dept W, 69-89 Mile End Rd, Whitechapel, East London
WHEN? 4th April to 5th July

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5. EVERYDAY FIXES: DIRECT LINE x MAKERVERSITY AT SOMERSET HOUSE

Everyday Fix sees Direct Line working with the UK’s most forward thinking designers and innovators to create products and services that fix everyday emergencies – helping the nation avoid getting themselves into these frustrating situations. From missing the bus, misplacing glasses or running out of phone battery; these small and unplanned everyday emergencies can cause an undue amount of stress to the unfortunate sufferer! Anyway, the two-day invention event takes place at Somerset House on 8th and 9th April, and will see the creation of a series of amazing prototypes. These will be judged by a panel of industry leaders, and the public, with the winning idea moving forward to be developed from prototype to product.

WHERE? Somerset House, The Strand, London
WHEN? April 8th and 9th

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