August 14, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 14.08.15

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

Lock down your aerials…


It’s not often we recommend a television programme at Unity, but we’re making an exception for This Is England 90. Lol, Woody, Shaun, Milky, Smell, Gadget, Harvey, Kell, Trev and Combo are back for the final chapter of Shane Meadows’ multi award-winning landmark series.

The series was premiered in London this week, and hits our television screens in a couple of weeks. Often remembered as our summer of love, the storytelling is set against a backdrop of Gazza’s tears, the Hubble’s launch, Saddam’s invasion and Mandela’s release.

WHERE? Channel 4
WHEN? In September

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Future Conditional is a bracingly topical and boisterously funny new play directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Rob Brydon alongisde a cast of 23 young performers. It is one of the most hotly-anticipated new plays in theatreland.

Future Conditional tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a myriad of characters including parents, teachers, and Alia, a prodigiously clever young Pakistani refugee and the newest member of Britain’s Education Research Board. Alia has a radical solution for Britain’s schools that could restore our place in the world education league. But is the system ready to take lessons from a schoolgirl?

The show is written by acclaimed playwright Tamsin Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child; Really Old, Like 45) and aims to prove that when it comes to education, we’ve all got a lot to learn. We can’t wait to see this one, and there are limited tickets available for just £10 too!

WHERE? The Old Vic, London
WHEN? September 1st onwards

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This year’s Meltdown Festival is curated by David Byrne; the Oscar, Golden Globe, Obie and Drama Desk award-winning musician known for his eclectic collaborations, and as co-founder of legendary new wave band Talking Heads. He is following in the footsteps of previous directors that include Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Ornette Coleman.

Meltdown is an annual festival, held in London and features an eclectic mix of music, art, performance and film. Highlights of this year’s festival include Bling Ya Bike (an artist-led opportunity to give your bike an incredible customisation); David Byrne’s Library (a reading lounge featuring his own personal collection of more than 250 unique books to read and borrow); and an intimate one-off show from Anna Calvi (featuring a 12-piece choir, the heirtage orchestra and a special surprise for this one-off performance).

WHERE? South Bank Centre, London
WHEN? August 17th to 30th

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Of course, all this art and culture can be thirsty work. That’s why we recommend checking out London Craft Beer Festival at one of our favourite venues (Oval Space, in Bethnal Green).

The festival has been set-up to recognise our booming and forward-thinking craft beer industry. Tickets are £38.50 and include unlimited beer, a collector’s glass, and unique access to the brewers & their expertise. The festival includes London brewers such as The Kernel, Camden, Beavertown, Weird Beard, Howling Hops, Redemption Brewing and Pressure Drop. Overseas breweries will be making a rare UK appearance at LCBF including Edge Brewing from Barcelona, Omnipollo from Stockholm and Lervig from Norway as well as Founders Brewing Co from the US.

WHERE? Oval Space, Bethnal Green, London
WHEN? August 13th to August 16th

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We’re excited to see that Makerbase had a recent successful launch – we think it could prove to be a useful connection point for new makers doing interesting things for Unity creative campaigns.

Makerbase is an online network of digital projects from “makers” in the broadest sense. This means it’s for interesting people making apps, websites, doing digital storytelling, creating artworks, and beyond. The site is free to use, and open source. It’s well worth exploring to see the breadth of creativity on show!
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Throughout 2015, Unity has been finding an #EverydayFix for the problems faced by the Great British public. We have spent time out researching, listening to people’s problems and out on the road fixing some of these problems.

But sometimes we want a more permanent solution to our problems. That’s where the Nipper innovation from super-talented design duo Impulse comes in. This was one of the best ideas from a hackathon we organised for the Direct Line brand with our friends from the Makerversity at Somerset House.

Quite simply, Nipper is the world’s smallest phone charger – allowing people to charge up their phone from household batteries. Ideal for emergencies, driving, festivals and so much more. Anyway, there’s still time to support this idea on Kickstarter. It looks like it is going to smash its fundraising targets!
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