July 24, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 24.07.15

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. A CHANCE TO USE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD

We love supporting creative projects in our local Clerkenwell community, and this is one that’s certainly worth giving some of your time towards.

The Royal London Society for the Blind challenge is a weekend long hackathon dedicated to improving both dating and employment for blind young Londoners.

It is hoped that the event will kick-start thinking around the best ways of using technology to enhance the lives of blind young people. The RLSB is inviting the most brilliant development and design minds of London to take on the challenge to innovate and use tech for good to improve dating and employment for vision impaired young Londoners. So, are you creative, good with tech and up for the challenge?

As well as doing the right thing, this looks like a great chance to meet some interesting people and the society is covering food and drinks.

WHERE? Clerkenwell Workshops, EC1R 0AT
WHEN? Saturday July 25th and Sunday 26th

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2. SHUFFLE FESTIVAL IS BACK

The fantastic Shuffle Festival is back, for another inspiring offering of film, arts & culture around an often unexplored corner of East London.

Shuffle Festival is an annual event which aims to build a more integrated community presence through art, comedy, music, food and film. This year’s focus is on movement, migration and place – taking a closer look at journeys, resettlements, discoveries and upheavals in both East London and around the world.

There are daily walks (both traditional guided tours and smartphone-enabled digital experiences), sensory cinema and first-class comic performances.

One of the festival highlight’s is a screening of Penny Woolcock’s film From The Sea To The Land Beyond, with a live score from British Sea Power and Inner Vision Orchestra. From the Sea to the Land Beyond is a film about the British coast made from 100 years of our film heritage stored in the British Film Institute collection.

WHERE? Around Mile End
WHEN? Saturday March 14th and Sunday March 15th

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3. NEW CONCRETE POETRY

The brilliant Whitechapel Gallery is hosting an afternoon of film and live performance with a difference. Celebrating the landmark release of The New Concrete (a major new anthology charting the explosion of visual poetry in the 21st century) this special event will showcase some of the most exciting work in this field.

The show brings together some of the most celebrated poets and artists working at the intersection of visual art and literature. It builds on the celebrated concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the event reveals how this legacy has been refreshed through digital text and image manipulation, modern print techniques and the rise of self-publishing.

WHERE? The Whitechapel Gallery, East London
WHEN? July 25th

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4. CAMBERWELL FAIR

With a remarkable history dating back to 1279, this weekend the venerable Camberwell Fair is back.

A true celebration of the area’s music, people and culture – the event boasts two music stages, dance workshops and much more. The fair is family friendly, and will feature delicious food from a local farmer’s market.

If you love Camberwell, there’s also the chance to sign-up to become a member for the Fair too to ensure it grows and the ancient fair becomes a fix of London summers once again.

WHERE? Camberwell Green, South East London
WHEN? July 25th

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5. TECH OF THE WEEK

If you’re keen on broadcasting your favourite moments on Snapchat via ‘My Story’, Beet is probably another essential smartphone app.

The new social video app for iOS lets users film short videos to create an ongoing montage of their lives. Each recording can last up to six seconds with the ability to add additional clips as you capture them.

Obviously, like with most apps these days, there’s the added functionality of sharing your moments with friends (via email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and plenty of other options), as well as the ability to view the updates of others too.

Beet is not about composed, cinematic storytelling but more about capturing the emotion and energy of life in an infinite montage of quick, candid moments.
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6. THE JOY OF SIX! UNITY CELEBRATES SIX MAJOR AWARD NOMINATIONS

And finally, hot off the press, we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for six PR Week awards for our work for M&S, vInspired, Butlins and Liverpool City Council.

In the Best Integrated Campaign category our #FollowTheFairies work for M&S has been nominated alongside our Swing The Vote work for vInspired – fantastic to have two campaigns going head to head for this one.

#FollowTheFairies is also nominated in the Marketing Communications: Health, Beauty, Retail and Fashion category. Our work for Liverpool City Council is nominated in the Healthcare category, and our Swing The Vote work has picked up another nomination in the Not-for-Profit category.

We’ll find out if these campaigns are winners at the awards ceremony on October 20th.
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