May 15, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 15.05.15

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. PETER KENNARD RETROSPECTIVE AT THE TATE

Peter Kennard is arguably Britain’s most important political artist, a man whose imagery has become synonymous with the modern protest movement.

A new show at the Imperial War Museum is the first major retrospective of his work and demonstrates how Kennard has consistently confronted issues in world politics and British governmental policy both at home and abroad, inspiring many of today’s politically-aware artists from Mark Wallinger to Banksy.

WHERE? Imperial War Museum
WHEN? Until May 2016

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2. BETRAYAL: A POLYPHONIC CRIME

Betrayal is the eagerly anticipated site-specific crime drama set to a live score by a 16th century composer. The crime scene is brought to life with a blend of contemporary dance, drama, and choral singing.

Audiences step inside a dark world of disturbed minds and chilling secrets. The stark urban setting of Village Underground serves as the crime-scene, re-lived in dance and drama with virtuosic ensemble singing.

The piece is a collaboration between vocal ensemble I Fagiolini and director John La Bouchardière.

WHERE? Village Underground, Shoreditch
WHEN? Until Friday May 15th

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3. NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL

One of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK is currently taking place. The Norfolk & Norwich Festival dates back to 1772 and this year is showcasing an outstanding programme of art and culture.

Highlights include an exhibition from American artist Jeff Koons, festival-goers can frolic in the ‘Koonsbury Fetsival Garden’, snap a self-portrait in the Kitschbooth and go on a torch-lit bear hunt in a special museums at night experience.

Theatre and live-art is represented strongly at the festival, with an adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing among the stand-out shows.

WHERE? Around Norwich and Norfolk
WHEN? Throughout May

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4. EVER WANTED TO DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR OWN JURASSIC TERRARIUM?

Shoreditch’s Book Club is hosting a build-your-own-dinosaur-terrarium with Good Empire, to mark the long-awaited release of Jurassic World. Kind of like the fun you had making Blue Peter’s Tracey Island as a kid. But with dinosaurs! Bring a jar to layer and plant with your own miniature prehistoric world and then top the whole thing off with dinosaurs.

WHERE? The Book Club, Shoreditch
WHEN? Monday May 18th

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5. THE LAUNCH OF WEST LAKES CHALET VILLAGE

This week, the all-star Unity team successfully launched Butlin’s brand new chalets – West Lakes Chalet Village – at its Minehead resort in sunny Somerset.

Back in 1936, Sir Billy Butlin’s chalets changed the way Britain holidayed by giving families a key to their very own holiday home. The new village takes all that was loved about those original chalets and in partnership with Mumsnet, has reinvented them to provide the perfect place for a family seaside break in the 21st century. It is just one of Butlin’s flagship accommodation upgrade projects and represents the first phase of a £25 million investment plan for 2015. This momentous chapter in the Butlin’s story deserved a big PR-shaped bang that stayed true to the brand’s heritage while also looking towards its future.

Within the first two days of Unity’s PR campaign going live the coverage exceeded 100 pieces, with 19 pieces of print and online coverage across national media including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and broadcast pieces on Sky News, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and more. We love working with Butlin’s, and can highly recommend West Lakes Chalet Village!