January 15, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 15.1.16

Here is your weekly round-up of handpicked cross-cultural recommendations from the team at Unity.

1. LUMIERE LONDON DEBUTS

A chance to forget about the dark and gloomy London nights, the hotly-anticipated Lumiere London makes its debut this week. The festival will totally transform the capital with a series of extraordinary light installations.

Lumiere will be the biggest festival of light to ever take place in London, illuminating the city with interactive installations, 3D projections and eye-opening works around the capital – all for free.

Highlights include installations in Piccadilly, Regent Street, Mayfair and Kings Cross – taking place from 6.30pm until 10.30pm each night.

WHERE? Around London
WHEN? January 14th to 17th
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2. IN SPRING, IT IS DAWN THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

One of our favourite galleries – The White Conduit Project, in Angel – is hosting an intriguing new exhibition this month.

Yukari Sato’s breathtaking contemporary washi surrounds Karen Knorr’s visual journey, sitting in traditional Japanese interiors with dazzling light; a screen of the modern age that investigates the value of Japanese modernity and culture. Sato’s awe-inspiring handiwork expresses a new and sublime view of the world.

This new show will also combine the work of eminent flower arrangement artist Emiko Nelson and leading ceramic artist Yozo Hirayama.

WHERE? White Conduit Project, Islington
WHEN? January 16th to February 7th
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3. PRESS PLAY EXHIBITION

This new exhibition showcases brilliant 8-bit computer game-inspired, glass-layered work from street-art duo STATIC.

The show features images from recognizable games such as Tetris, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Super Mario. It examines gaming’s unique sub-cultures – and how these cultures are starting to shape the broader worlds of art and design.

Celebrating 10 years of STATIC, the show is one of ten in ten different cities. After our capital the show heads to Japan.

WHERE? Lawrence Akin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street, London
WHEN? January 15th to February 13th
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4. PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE STARMAN

We sadly lost a true icon of music, culture and creativity this week.

To celebrate the life and work of David Bowie, there are many opportunities with special events dedicated to his genius: from the Starman night at Bloc Bar in Kentish Town, to Burning Down The House’s Bowie tribute night at Vogue Fabrics in Dalston, to the Absolute Bowie tribute act taking to the stage at The Garage in Islington.

But one event that caught our eye was the Feeling Gloomy Life On Mars skating event at Alexandra Palace, which gives Bowie fans the chance to listen to his music as they skate. Half the profits from this event will go to Cancer Research UK.

WHERE? Alexandra Palace, London
WHEN? February 5th
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5. 5X15 AT THE TABERNACLE

We’re huge fans of the 5×15 events – evenings of inspiration and entertainment, featuring some of the UK’s very best creative minds.

The first 5×15 for 2016 is coming to Notting Hill’s wonderful Tabernacle venue. Filmmaker Daisy Leitch, Eleanor O’Keeffe (director of the Jaipur Literature Festival), and renowned journalist Rosie Boycott are among the people taking part.

The event has a simple yet intriguing structure – featuring five speakers who each have 15 minutes to tell their story.

WHERE? The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Rd, London
WHEN? January 18th
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6. BERLIN B-MOVIE AFTERNOON

The brilliant London Short Film Festival is continuing to impress audiences across the capital.

We’re really excited about an afternoon of film and music that celebrates Europe’s greatest radical city: Berlin.

The event re-examines the city, looking back at its experimental eighties heyday before the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

It features films, live music from the experimental Lone Taxidermist, DJ sets from vinyl-only DJ collective Vinyl Therapy, and even the chance to play your very own Berlin-based records at the ICA.

WHERE? The ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London
WHEN? January 17th
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