August 7, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 07.08.15

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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The fifth Wilderness festival takes place this weekend, one of the UK’s most creative festivals – with great music, great food and a great deal more.

It’s a diverse line-up this year, featuring Björk’s only live festival performance. The legendary George Clinton brings the funk and Ben Howard delivers his considered acoustic tones. But there’s much more to the event than just the music.

Wilderness features communal, long table banquets (one of which is hosted by Raymond Blanc), feasts comprising multiple world cuisines, chefs’ tables, cookery classes and, of course, pop-up food stalls, including Los Churros Amigos, Crabbie Shack and Bleecker St Burger.

Talks and debates are always a festival highlight. But the beautiful surroundings really make Wilderness stand out – it offers wild swimming, horse riding, fly fishing and much more.

WHERE? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
WHEN? August 6th to 9th

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First launched in March 2013, the Pop Shop was conceived and is produced by Kate Scanlan of Scanner’s Inc.

The Pop Shop is a festival of hip hop culture that transforms empty spaces in local communities.

It arrives in Shoreditch next week, with a full programme to be announced shortly.. But its guaranteed to feature hip hop workshops, a practice space, talks, parties, and fun for all.

WHERE? London Newcastle Project Space, Shoreditch
WHEN? August 11th to 16th

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The Unity team love street photography, so the new exhibition of Vivian Maier’s work looks like a show not to miss.

Vivian was a professional nanny who secretly used her spare time to scour the streets of Chicago and New York, using her trusty Rolleiflex, to shoot up to a whole roll of film each day. Unknown in her lifetime, she left an outstanding body of work composed of more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped roll films. Her recent ascent from recluse to revered artist is phenomenal, and has become one of the most remarkable stories in the history of photography.

If it had not been for a chance discovery at a Chicago auction in 2007, the world would still be unaware of her vast oeuvre and undeniable talent. Maier held the accumulation of her passion for photography in storage lockers, as she had no permanent home of her own. Undeveloped film, negatives and prints from her storage locker were auctioned off when Maier fell on hard times later in her life.

Beetles+Huxley is presenting an exhibition of exquisitely hand printed photographs, made from the artist’s original negatives. The show will span some of Maier’s most fascinating photographs, many never seen in London before. The exhibition will showcase her street photography alongside her ingenious and intricately staged self-portraits – an incredible look at real American life.

WHERE? Beetles and Huxley, Swallow Street, London
WHEN? Until September 5th

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We love chocolate at Unity HQ, so we’re really intrigued about this walking tour of London’s 17th-century chocolate houses – places of true decadence and debauchery.

Led by Dr Matthew Green, this Sunday afternoon exploration of the anarchic Georgian chocolate houses takes people on a tour of an unexplored corner of London life.

It was claimed that the chocolate boosted fertility, cured indigestion and reversed ageing. And who are we to argue?

WHERE? Venues around London
WHEN? Sunday August 9th

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This week Unity’s expert social media team have been busy responding to disgruntled Tweeters with special packages to help London get over tube strikes problems.

The “Fixes” (for our client Direct Line) have included stress relief packages with handheld fans, relaxation sprays, energy bars, magazines to pass the time and a variety of other fixing items.

This week’s work is part of a year-long activation. In 2015 we have polled the nation to discover our biggest problems, we have partnered Direct Line with The Makerversity at Somerset House to work with the best designers & inventors to find solutions to everyday problems, and are about to bring an incredible new innovation to the market. Watch this space!
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