May 22, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 22.05.15

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

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1. SEBASTIÃO SALGADO IN CHELSEA

For the last 40 years acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled the world, tracing the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed and documented many of the major events of our times, taking in wars, famine, genocide and exodus. But now he is embarking on a new journey; to discover pristine territories, grandiose landscapes and wild nature as part of a huge photographic tribute to the planet’s beauty.

Salgado’s accomplished, moving work and his inspirational life are revealed in this Oscar-nominated documentary by his son, Juliano, and world-renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders, himself an avid photographer. Powerful, affecting and truly profound, it is not just a portrait of a great artist but one of life itself.

On Friday night the legendary photographer is in Chelsea, for a preview screening of the film and accompanying Q&A. And for the true fan, there’s good news. Because Unity client TASCHEN has the phenomenal Salgado masterpiece for sale: GENESIS — Earth eternal. It will be for sale after the screening, from the publisher’s Chelsea store and online too. See Salgado’s vision of the Earth’s mesmerizing scale, order, and beauty.

WHERE? The Curzon, Chelsea
WHEN? Friday, May 22nd

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2. WHAT’S YOUR JAM..?

An old church, spellbinding performances and a little bit of magic one summer eve. The next live session at The Old Church looks to have a particularly magnetic pull – taking place in an ancient building dedicated to celebrating creativity and diversity.

This is a beautiully curated new music night. Among the talent at the next show is Anna Pancaldi (a beautifully honest singer-songwriter), Daniel Glover (just before the release of his debut album), and Nakisha Esnard (bringing her daring blend of soul and reggae).

A night to check out if you’re looking for some new musical inspiration for 2015.

WHERE? The Old Church, Stoke Newington
WHEN? May 30th

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3. BECOME ONE OF THE FIRST TO WALK THE LINE

Could this be London’s answer to New York’s High Line? This weekend, The Line opens in East London.

The Line is a major sculpture trail, featuring work by Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley and more. As much as the content, it’s the context that makes this walk so interesting. The sculpture trail takes walkers around Lower Lea Valley.

The three-mile walking and cycling trail stretches from the Greenwich Peninsula to Stratford.

WHERE? Around East London
WHEN? Opens May 23rd

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4. HAY FESTIVAL

Outside of London, the iconic Hay Festival is taking place. Highlights include appearances from Griff Rhys Jones, Stephen Fry and the brilliant Letters Live.

The Letters Live show follows on from its widely acclaimed week-long run at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden. Inspired by Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, each event celebrates the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. Previous performances have featured Jude Law, Colm Tóibín, and Sarah Lancashire.

WHERE? Hay, near Hereford
WHEN? Until May 31st

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5. BIG UNITY SUCCESS AT THE SABRE AWARDS

Finally, it was a big week for the Unity team as we celebrated a few major award wins at the SABRE Awards Ceremony at The Roundhouse in London’s Camden Town.

We were rewarded with four gongs in total. Yes, FOUR! Big successes were our “Follow The Fairies” campaign for M&S, and our “Just For Tots” work for Butlin’s – both bringing top awards back to Hatton Wall. A great result, and all thanks to a LOT of hard work from the whole team at Unity.