May 8, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 08.05.15

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…


The growth of cycling around the UK continues, and there’s great news for this community as the Spin LDN Urban Bike Show returns. This year, it’s taking place at Sorting Office in Central London and will feature more than 60 exhibitors. DJs, a test track, cycle-related art, craft beer and expert talks ensure it is much more than your regular cycle showcase.

WHERE? The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, London
WHEN? Until May 10th

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Our friends from the Rumble In The Jumble crew are back with the best jumble sale you could possibly imagine. The stylish jumble sale features clothes and signed-stuff from famous folks like Damon Albarn, Mark Ronson, Graham Coxon and Alexa Chung and the chance to grab some big brands for small fees. Unity favourite Rick Edwards is there, running the men’s stall.

Last year’s Rumble In The Jumble raised almost £30,000 for charity. And they’re hoping to beat that this year! Entry costs one bag of a good jumble and a fiver.

WHERE? Oval Space, Bethnal Green
WHEN? Saturday May 9th

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Closer to Unity’s Clerkenwell home, we’re really excited about Craft Central opening the doors of two fascinating Victorian buildings.

It’s a chance to go ‘behind the scenes’ and explore the workshops of our area’s renowned design community – mingling with the makers while they weave their magic.

Most of all, it’s a chance to avoid the high street and opt for the handmade. Jewellery, fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts by over 100 selected UK designers are all on offer. Choose a gift, commission a unique piece, find a bespoke design service or just browse – this is a Clerkenwell shopping treat is topped off by meeting the maker.

WHERE? Around Clerkenwell, London
WHEN? Until May 10th

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Why does the story of a scientist make for a compelling theatrical production?

The Royal Society is producing a unique evening of science-inspired theatre and discussions on why science stories continue to attract and intrigue writers and directors.

Among the experts are Tom Morton-Smith (writer of the critically acclaimed RSC production Oppenheimer), Richard Bean (writer of The Heretic), a cosmologist & playwright Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr and many more.

WHERE? The Royal Society, Carlton Terrace, London
WHEN? Monday May 11th

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Sometimes, an application drops that has unlimited possibilities while others focus on something in particular and it’s often the simplest of apps that grab our attention. Few more so than Catpaint.

Like the trend of internet cats – which is still totally very much a ’thing’ – Catpaint has been around for some time now but is still as fun now as it ever was. Puuuurfect *sorry not sorry* for those moments where your mind needs a rest-stop, CatPaint is the original and best way to add cats to your photos, because why wouldn’t you want to add cats to your pics? Endorsed by the likes of Taylor Swift, James Franco, Katy Perry and Emma Stone. Used by NASA Mission Control (actually!). Featured on Gizmodo, MacWorld, CNET, Discover Magazine, and most of the internet.

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So, as the dust settles after yesterday’s general election the Unity team are beginning to take stock of our #SwingTheVote campaign.

Our work with youth volunteering charity vInspired involved a creating a crowdsourced film with television’s Rick Edwards, doing a festival tour, running a lecture at Bestival, and producing the world’s first Twitter-powered street art battle to discover what the nation’s youth really wanted. It was a year-long campaign, backed-up with a series of powerful news stories.

And although some of the results are still coming in as we go to press it certainly looks like our campaign made a real difference to youth engagement. Early figures from the British Election Study suggest as many as 58% of 18-to-24-year-olds turned out to vote yesterday. An increase of around six per cent!

What’s important now, is that these young people stay involved in the democratic process. An interesting few days ahead for our nation.