June 19, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 19.06.15

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. UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT BELL

The sweet science meets spoken word, in this special new show set within timed boxing rounds.

Until You Hear That Bell is a story about amateur boxing and family, a universal tale about perseverance and growing up – the art of doing something for ten-years and slowly getting good at it.

Performed by hotly-tipped talent Sean Mahoney, he performs the show through a deceptively relaxed child eye’s perspective. One to watch.

WHERE? Battersea Arts Centre
WHEN? until June 27th

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2. EAST END FILM FESTIVAL

Tickets are still on sale today for the East End Film Festival, which includes many international premieres and uniquely East London films. In total, there are 18 world premieres, eight European premieres, 20 UK premieres and 16 London premieres, all screening around the eastern edge of the capital in venues from Stratford to Barbican.

Opening the festival is One Crazy Thing, a cringe-along comedy from Amit Gupta starring Ray Panthaki; in a story about daytime TV star whose career implodes following a sex tape scandal. Also on the bill is Panic, an East End-set drama starring Interstellar’s David Gyasi about an agoraphobic music journalist forced to face his fears.

In a festival coup, Game Of Thrones star Aidan Gillen will be in East London for a Q&A about his new north London-set revenge thriller Still. The documentary strand is once again really strong, with Asif Kapadia’s controversial Amy Winehouse documentary sure to create a major talking point.

WHERE? Various screening venues around East London
WHEN? July 1st to 12th

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3. BOW ARTS OPEN STUDIOS

More than 150 artists involved with Bow Arts are opening up their studios this weekend. From artists in residence, folk with creative work spaces, and those who are involved with carrying out education projects – doors will be flung open for some of London’s most creative people to share their working environments.

The best work from 400 local artists will be displayed at the Bow Open Show in the Nunnery Gallery, curated to prove the positive impact the artist’s work has had on the area’s youngsters.

Pop-up bars, local street food, a designer and maker market, with some live music promise to make this a memorable, fun and super-sociable open studios event – a genuine look through open doors at a hard-working creative community.

WHERE? Bow Arts, and around, E3 2SJ
WHEN? Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th

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4. EVER FANCIED A NIGHT SAFARI?

The Natural History Museum is hosting a special evening dedicated to exploring the diverse wildlife of London, from the prehistoric to the modern day. The experts from the institution will be revealing the suprising biodiversity of the capital and the history of when lions roamed Trafalgar Square..

There’s two tours available actually. The City Nature Tour teaches visitors about amazing acid-farting beetles to the stories of mammoths on ancient London land. The urban wildlife tour tells a different story, about whales in the Thames to the first humans in the UK.

After the talks, visitors can meet all six Night Safari scientists, enjoy a unique opportunity handle specimens from the Natural History Museum collections, and explore the Museum galleries after-hours.

WHERE? The Natural History Museum, South Kensington
WHEN? Monday June 22nd

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5. THRILLING INTERNATIONAL CYCLE RACE COMES TO LONDON

Finally, the Unity team is thrilled to be working on one of the world’s most intense bicycle races. Born in Brooklyn in 2008, the Red Hook Crit is coming to London for the first time on July 11th.

The race is being held on a brand new track at the Greenwich Peninsula. Although the exact details of the circuit are being kept under wraps, the London race will be much more exciting than the average cycle race – featuring chicanes, hairpins and a special engineering to challenge riders to complete more overtaking and undertaking.

The Crit is internationally known as a punishing, intense circuit race – and is hugely popular in Milan, Barcelona and is always a key date in New York cycling circles. The London race is part of plans for the international growth of Red Hook Crit racing.

Sponsored by Rockstar Games, the race is set-up so courageous couriers and weekend warriors on their bikes can battle it out with the professionals in the gruelling race. The only bikes allowed are fixed-gear track bikes, meaning competitors will not be able to free-wheel at any point and must peddle through each corner. Crucially, it also means riders do not have brakes..

Spectators can head down to Greenwich to watch the race for free. If you’re a cycling fan and want to know more, then drop the Unity team a line.

WHERE? Greenwich, London
WHEN? Saturday July 11th

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