October 2, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 02.10.15

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. HOFESH SHECHTER IN BRIXTON

Hofesh Shechter’s most iconic work Political Mother is an audio visual marvel, and this special choreographer’s cut promises to be bigger and louder than ever before.

The show features 40 of the world’s finest dancers and musicians rocking one of London’s best music venues, as Shechter’s show returns to the capital for the last time. With gritty and emotional complexity, this extraordinary dance work meets rock gig is an experience like no other.

The piece, which has wowed audiences from Paris to Hong Kong, will be performed with a live band of international musicians – guitarists, drummers and strings – alongside the masterful dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company.

WHERE? Brixton Academy, Brixton, London

WHEN? October 7th and 8th

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2. FESTIVAL OF JAPANESE CULTURE

Unity loves to be inspired by global perspectives on culture, so we wanted to highlight the brilliant Japan Festival coming to Lincoln this month.

The festival features sushi workshops, origami experts, and a celebration of the best of contemporary Japanese culture. Nintendo gaming events, a Pechakucha storytelling night and expert talks are all sure to be popular too.

It takes place at some of Lincoln’s best arts venues, as the city celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

WHERE? Around Lincoln, Lincolnshire

WHEN? Until October 10th

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3. THE 56

At 3.40pm on May 11th 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze. 56 people lost their lives.

Adapted solely from over sixty real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre pays homage to the supporters who lost their lives in one of the darkest days in British footballing history. The 56 examines the solidarity, strength and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy.

WHERE? Battersea Arts Centre, Clapham Junction, London

WHEN? Until October 7th

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4. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE

The Nightspot Cinema team are taking people back to Manchester’s legendary night club with a special screening of 24 Hour Party People starring Steve Coogan followed by a Haçienda-themed factory party in an underground secret venue with the club’s very own resident DJ Graeme Park performing on the night

Nightspot Cinema is a pop-up cinema and immersive experience, which combines musical film screenings with epic parties. The tickets are £20 and include popcorn, the film and the party – this one could be a late finish!

WHERE? A secret East London location

WHEN? Friday October 2nd

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5. THE FIRST EDIBLE PLAY

For the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Italian cultural association “Facoltà di Ridere” is presenting the world’s first “edible” play.

The production is all inspired by The Divine Comedy, and is a “mash-up” of a modern story about an Italian man’s journey to London, and the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy: an epic poem about a journey in Hell (Inferno).

Our modern-day Dante dreams of becoming an actor, but unfortunately he’s a much better chef. Surrounding him on his journey are the lost souls of New Troy. Will he be able to escape his Inferno? Sit back and find out whilst enjoying a taste of genuine Italian cuisine.

This is definitely the crowning moment of the play. The audience, in particular those sitting at the tables, will be drawn into the story, and engaged in a multi-sensory theatrical experience. They will be invited to taste a – stage made – “Trofiette al Pesto”, and other delicacies provided by Acciuga Restaurant.

WHERE? The Cockpit Theatre

WHEN? Until October 3rd

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6. UNITY ENCOURAGE THE NATION TO #SHOWYOURSTRAP

We are super proud to be working with Breast Cancer Now and Marks & Spencer on the #ShowYourStrap campaign.

This campaign sees women around the country showing their bra strap in a social media selfie, in an effort to raise both money and awareness for the fight against Breast Cancer.

Our outreach has seen us launch the campaign with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and encourage women from all walks of life to get involved – including model Erin O’Connor, Amanda Holden and Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. The campaign has also been featured in the Daily Mail, The Times and across the UK’s media.

The campaign is aiming to raise £13million, so that all women can find out their risk. It’s hoped this initiative will prevent 9,000 cases a year by 2025. You can still join in the #ShowYourStrap campaign by posting your own shot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and donating to Breast Cancer Now.

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