August 28, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 28.08.15

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…

1. THE TATE SENSORIUM

Stimulate your sense of taste, touch, smell and hearing in this immersive art experience at Tate Britain. This piece allows visitors to record and review physiological responses through a special secret gadget too.

The show features four paintings from the Tate collection. The experience encourages a new approach to interpreting artworks, using technology to stimulate the senses, triggering both memory and imagination.

On leaving, visitors are invited to explore the rest of the gallery using the theme of the senses as a guide.

WHERE? Tate Modern, London
WHEN? Until September 20th

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2. SLIDES AND SCOOPS – ADULT PLAYGROUND TAKEOVER

London is home to some of the world’s best playgrounds in England, and this weekend grown-ups can join in the fun too!

The Kids Adventure Playground day includes food, drinks, slides, swings and sweets – and it’s just for adults.

The day takes place at an old school, hand-crafted wooden behemoth playground your childhood. And when was the last time you got to climb into a playground’s crow’s nest while holding a cocktail? Never, that’s when!

WHERE? Kids Adventure Play, Hackney, Spring Lane, London, E5 9HQ
WHEN? August 29th

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3. UNITY’S NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE LONDON STAGE

It’s always great when we see our neighbourhood on the stage, so we’re really looking forward to Saffron Hill when it comes to the Pleasance theatre in a few weeks.

Saffron Hill (just around the corner from our Clerkenwell home) follows the lives and fortunes of generations of a fictional family from the 1870s to the 1960s. The play explores, through the eyes of this family, the issues, attitudes and music of the times.

Although based around historical events, this is very much the stories of the personal lives loves and losses of Italian immigrant families living in Clerkenwell – a timely and relevant production.

WHERE? The Pleasance, Carpenter’s Mews, N7 9EF
WHEN? October 6th to 11th

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4. THE LONG SHOT – THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PICTURE POST

As an agency, we are obsessed with visual storytelling and photojournalism. So we were intrigued to learn more about the Picture Post and a new crowdfunding appeal this week.

The Long Shot is the untold story of one of our most important photojournalism agencies, by Bella Bathurst, and is currently crowd-funding for support on Unbound (which is like a Kickstarter for the literary world).

Anyway, what exactly was the Picture Post? Established in 1938, the Post became so successful that we still see WWII through its editorial filters. Within two months of the first issue it was selling a million copies, after six months it was on 1.7 million, and after a year it was said to be read by half the population.

The Post employed the best writers and the best photographers to cover the biggest stories of the 20th century. There had been nothing like it before, and there is nothing like it today in 2015.
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5. UNITY AND THE #DIRECTFIX

This week, Unity have been out on the road again helping our client Direct Line to #directfix some of the nation’s emergencies.

It’s part of a major listen and respond campaign for the insurance brand, Unity helping to build brand love through social listening, delivering fixes to people, and bringing happiness to people’s lives!
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