November 20, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 20.11.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

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1. FRAMED FILM FESTIVAL

This is a film festival not to be missed – one designed for the little people in our lives.

The line-up features screenings, events and workshops that will delight four-to-11-year-old cinema-lovers. The 2015 schedule includes a preview of ‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie 3D’, Latvian fairytale ‘The Golden Horse’ and Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’.

Anorak magazine will be hosting a number of drop-in events, including live drawing walls with ace illustrators and a giant colouring floor. Little critics can also write their own film reviews following the screenings or sign up for the Green Screen Studio, where they’ll find themselves trekking through the desert with T-Rex or flying through the sky like Superman. Book screenings in advance via the Framed Film Festival page.

WHERE? The Design Museum, London
WHEN? Saturday November 21st until Sunday 22nd
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2. FOOTBALL GAMING EXPERIENCE

Manchester is hosting the world’s first ever football gaming experience. The exhibition features a range of artworks and unique objects alongside interactive gaming experiences and an incredible range of playable classic arcade games.

It hosts a new interactive artwork ‘Hit-it’ by Leo Schatzl which allows visitors to put themselves inside the game. A ‘header selfie’ will be triggered when the ball is headed, creating a short film of facial expressions taken at a crucial, unguarded moment. There’s also a photobooth where visitors get the chance to put themselves on the cover of Football Manager, replacing the famously faceless figure that usually appears on the title’s packaging.

Feeling nostalgic? There’s a playable timeline of classic games including Pele’s Soccer (Atari), Nintendo World Cup (NES), Sensible Soccer (Amiga) and Go! Go! Beckham (Nintendo Gameboy).

WHERE? National Football Museum, Central Manchester
WHEN? Now until June 2016
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3. ART & ALCOHOL

Once it was healthier to drink gin rather than the water in London. Thanks to Joseph Bazalgette, those days are long gone. But the act – or should that be the art? – of drinking, remains a constant source of creative inspiration.

This new BP spotlight display curated by David Blayney Brown, who delivered last year’s phenomenal Late Turner show, charts Britain’s relationship with alcohol from George Cruikshank’s temperance-themed ‘Worship of Bacchus’ to Gilbert & George’s ‘Drinking Sculpture’.

Cutting across time, generations, class and gender, this remarkable show explores all the consequences – good and bad – of alcohol. Never have our nation’s drinking habits been so captivating.

WHERE? Tate Britain, Westminster
WHEN? Until September 2016
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4. LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

The London Jazz Festival 2015 returns this November with a brilliant line-up of contemporary jazz talent.

Now in its twenty-third year, it’s evolved into an internationally renowned celebration of jazz, featuring international greats, top notch improvisation and even jazz tuba.

A highlight will Nathaniel Facey, one of London’s rising jazz stars, performing a live musical response to a photographic exhibition by Syd Shelton documenting the Rock Against Racism campaign.

WHERE? Autograph ABP, Shoreditch
WHEN? Saturday November 21st
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5. THE ART OF DINING

The Art of Dining is presenting an exclusive pop-up dining experience this month at The London Museum of Steam and Water. This immersive, time-travelling supper club will be accompanied by theatre and music fit for fine diners of the Victorian age.

Tickets include a cocktail and five course meal, prepared by chef Ellen Parr with a menu inspired by the core elements of the Steam Age.

After a cocktail in the museum’s stunning beam engine room and a tour of its mechanical wonders, diners will begin the feast with a starter of squid braised in ink, fennel, and tomato.

WHERE? The London Museum of Water and Steam
WHEN? November 25th until 27th
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6. ALPHA: EXPLORING MALE HEALTH & MASCULINITY

The Print Space is hosting a new exhibition called ‘ALPHA’, which features five London-based photographers in aid of the charity CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably). The organisation aims to prevent male suicide, and offers support to men who are living with depression or are in crisis.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK, and CALM aims to keep men alive by talking.

This exclusive body of work has been produced by artists to coincide with International Men’s Day and Photomonth, the East London International Photography Festival, in an attempt to raise wider awareness of these issues.

A mixture of artists are showcasing their work. Portraits of Gary Numan, Frank Turner and Professor Green show how men have lived with depression or difficult life events. The exhibition shows poignant and comical moments, helping men to talk about their emotions and experiences.

WHERE? The Print Space Gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London
WHEN? Until Wednesday November 25th
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