May 29, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 29.05.15

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. LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE

The Unity team love living and working in such an architecturally varied, brave and ever-changing city – so the London Festival of Architecture is always one of our highlights.

The London Festival of Architecture is made up of public projects selected through an open call, alongside projects delivered by festival partners, RIBA London Open Studios and events and activities in conjunction with leading cultural and academic institutions. Every year it presents an opportunity to present, discuss and challenge current issues within and connected to architecture.

WHERE? Around London
WHEN? Throughout June

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2. The 2 Degrees Biennial

The 2 Degrees Biennial returns for a week-long festival of art, activism and investigation of environmental issues. The dialogue is instigated through performance, debate and installation in and around the Toynbee Studios in East London.

Highlights include the construction of a pop-up office being built in a tree in Hoxton, a Climate Change speed-dating night, and the opportunity to help build the world’s largest Non-violent Civil Disobedience Direct Action Adventure Game.

WHERE? Around London
WHEN? June 1st to 7th

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3. GAMINOMICS CONFERENCE

Here at Unity, we’ve followed the development of gamification in both brand storytelling and entertainment so it’s great to hear that a big conference dedicated to the subject is taking place in London soon.

Gaminomics will show everyone how to apply game mechanics to real-life problems across creativity, learning, science, enterprise and much more. It is a full day of inspiration and discovery with talented scientists, developers and commissioners.

WHERE? One America Square Conference Centre, Tower Hill, London
WHEN? Thursday June 11th

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4. OPEN CITY DOCS FESTIVAL

Culture, tradition and memory are central to this year’s Open City Docs Festival, when London’s global documentary film festival makes it return.

Two short film screenings are taking place at The Proud Archivist and are among the highlights of the festival. The “Violent Acts” strand exploring the consequences and legacy of violent events. And the second series of films called “This Must Be The Place” on Regents Canal focuses on how a sense of place shapes our identities.

WHERE? Venues around London
WHEN? June 16th to 21st

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5. #BRESSURE CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

Finally, this week saw the Unity team successfully launch the #bressure campaign for Channel Mum – the UK’s first online video community for mums. With the rise of the ‘brelfie’ (breastfeeding selfie) across social media, Channel Mum revealed that the majority of mothers claim the pressure to breastfeed has gone too far.

To combat the growing problem of ‘Bressure’, mothers united to launch the ‘Brelfie backlash’ campaign on social media, where instead of posing breastfeeding their baby they post snaps with a one-word slogan on how feeding their child – and the judgement surrounding it – has made them feel. The campaign – which includes both breast and bottle feeding mums – culminated in a national day of action on Thursday May 28 with thousands of mums taking part online using the hashtag #Bressure.

The campaign saw Unity secure more than 100 pieces of coverage including broadcast such as Sky Sunrise, Good Morning Britain and National papers such as The Telegraph, The Times and The Independent – and sparked debate across social media!