December 4, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 04.12.15

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. STYXMAS LATE NIGHT BAZAAR

On the first day of Styxmas my true love gave to me… a bazaar to fulfill any gifting requirements!

Styx is bringing Christmas back to its roots. Before Rudolf and Stockings, before Santa and John Lewis Christmas, was the story of a Middle Eastern boy who changed the world. They’re paying tribute with a Middle Eastern-themed Styxmas Bazaar.

Visitors can expect thrilling storytellers and wandering performers, followed by live bands and DJ’s to bring the funk. Their Late Night Styxmas Bazaar will take the best bits of Christmas markets; the beautiful hand crafted gifts and mulled wine, and they’ll add, dare we say it, a ‘bazaar’ twist. The perfect place to have a very merry Styxmas.

Styx is a new venue in Tottenham for poetry, theatre, parties and more. At its Styxmas event the team is offering up spiced mulled wine and cider, delicious pizza from Loven Presents, stalls with an eclectic collection of unique hand crafted gifts and live Balkan music.

WHERE? 5 Ashley Rd, Tottenham, London
WHEN? 11th Dec (6–12pm) – 12th Dec (12am–12pm)
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2. STAR WARS STREET ART

It’s a huge month ahead for Star Wars lovers. London-based fans of the space opera have the chance to celebrate the incredible story-world of the film with a unique evening of Star Wars-themed murals, art, characters, and activities for children in East London – all championing the film that captivated a generation and revolutionised the film industry.

During this special event in Leytonstone, there will be Star Wars themed talks, art exhibitions and family activities (free refreshments provided). It is being organised by Waltham Forest’s culture team, in celebration of Leytonstone-born Star Wars special effects and make-up artist Stuart Freeborn.

WHERE? The Heathcote Arms, 344 Grove Green Road, London
WHEN? 12th December
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3. SAY HELLO TO THE TOWN HALL CHERUBS

Fallen from his place in the sky, a sleepy cherub needs your help to find his way home….

Follow his garland through Battersea Arts Centre’s beautiful old rooms and discover what makes this old Town Hall so magical in a tender journey with surprises along the way. With hidden rooms to explore and play in, children are encouraged to take part and get involved in the amazing storytelling experience!

This is a brilliantly creative new show from the Battersea Arts Centre team, imagine Punchdrunk-style theatre show created especially for children!

WHERE? Battersea Arts Centre
WHEN? 2th December – 3rd January; 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm
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4. ISLINGTON FESTIVAL OF CULTURE

The Festival of Culture is a spectacular event hosted by Islington Square, in collaboration with the many cultural institutions of the creative neighbourhood so close to Unity’s office. And, with the exception of food and drinks, everything at the festival is free.

During this eventful weekend, visitors can be entertained by comedians, watch cabaret, take part in kids’ drama workshops, take in finger puppet shows and films, have their faces painted and go on fairground rides. There will also be a street food market to make sure no one goes hungry.

WHERE? 130 Upper Street, London
WHEN? 4th – 6th December
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5. THE BRITISH STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Beat the cold in this festival’s snug and cosy tasting tents with big braziers, free newspapers and a pot of mulled cider — plus possibly the best street food you’ll ever taste.

Whether it’s a confit duck sub with Camembert, orange and cranberry relish and crispy duck scratchings, or a Bianca pizza topped with goose and a port and red currant juice, there will be lots of seasonal specials.

Alongside incredible food, there will be live music, street food crazy golf and beer/street food pairings from Sharp’s Brewery. Can you find the secret bar?

WHERE? Royal Exchange Theatre, Central Manchester
WHEN? Saturday 5th December (11am-11pm) – Sunday 6th December (11am- 6pm)
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6. UNITY CREATIVE CONTENT PROJECT

This year Unity has been proud to once again work with one of the world’s most iconic motorcycling brands – Royal Enfield. We have been busy creating a special film that celebrates the incredible history and heritage of the brand.

We have been working with our talented video editing team and liaising directly with the Royal Enfield decision-makers over in India. We started working on the brand after Unity staff (Gerry Hopkinson, Unity founder and Paul Drury, Culture Editor) worked from Delhi on an amazing festival of social change, technology and creativity – at The Unbox Festival. The event focused on action at the intersection, and this year goes to Bangladesh for the first time.

But if it’s motorcycles that are your thing, then get to Bethnal Green to check out the Royal Enfield concept store.

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