September 25, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 25.09.15

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. THE UK'S MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

The UK’s only music documentary festival returns to London, celebrating youth subcultures and providing a unique – and loud! – cinematic platform.

The festival was launched last year, to show some love for the left-field music titles that were largely ignored by risk averse film programmers. As well as showing films, the festival organisers are building support networks for the music, film and documentary industries around the UK.

Highlight films for the 2015 festivals include documentaries about Daft Punk, The Sleaford Mods and the European premiere Taste – What’s Going On (Live At The Isle Of Wight)

WHERE? Around London

WHEN? Until October 4th

See the quirkiest venues here

2. SENSORIA FESTIVAL

The dizzyingly weird Sensoria Festival is back. Since launching, the festival has pioneered the format of live film scores, resurrected the drive-in cinema experience and brough some of the world’s best leftfield music, film and art to the UK.

Taking place around some of Yorkshire’s most creative arts spaces, the festival features a showing of French drama La Haine coming with a live soundtrack performed by British electronica stalwarts Asian Dub Foundation. Charlatans legend Tim Burgess is hosting his Tim Peaks Diner, featuring music and convesation with actor Paddy Considine and journalist Dave Haslam.

The final film of this year’s Sensoria is Industrial Soundtrack For Urban Decay – the first feature length documentary on the origins of industrial music, the screening supplemeneted with a talk and DJ set from Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinde

WHERE? Around Sheffield, South Yorkshire

WHEN? Until October 3rd

See the full programme here

3. ZHUANG HONG YI COMES TO LONDON

At Unity we like to keep are our eyes on the latest UK arts debuts – so we’re really excited about Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi coming to Unit London.

With a celebrated international career spanning nearly three decades, this will be Yi’s first major solo show here in the UK, and the inaugural exhibition at Unit London’s new Soho space. Yi’s vibrant, textural works illustrate this mixed cultural heritage, and fuse traditional Chinese artistic practices with a contemporary conceptual aesthetic.

If you’re interested in the fusion of East and West contemporary art, this is a show not to be missed.

WHERE? Unit London, 147 Wardour Street, Soho

WHEN? Until October 17th

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4. NEW DR. MARTENS STORE

We love it when brands stand for something, so it’s great to see footwear icon Dr. Martens open up a flagship new retail space. It features unique artwork to tell the story of the brand from the 1960s to the present day.

And much more than the brand, the store uncovers the story of British youth culture through personal artefacts from stars such as Mick Jones from The Clash – bringing together culture, music and history.

Throughout this month, there will be a series of special live events (with drinks from Brewdog and Jack Daniels) to celebrate the store’s opening, including a performance by hotly-tipped new rapper Mikill Pane.

WHERE? Dr. Martens concept store, Oxford Street, London

See preview here

5. #BBCmoments

What have we been thinking about this week? Interestingly enough, one of the greatest and most famous British institutions – the BBC.

This was sparked by a raging debate in the office on everyone’s favourite BBC memory.

Because that’s the thing about the BBC – it has something for everyone. And that’s because it was set up for everyone. And everyone having something doesn’t mean someone else having nothing. The late great Lord Reith stated of the institution he helped shape: “It does not matter how many thousands there may be listening; there is always enough for others”.

In a time of widening inequality, this principle feels increasingly important as access for all becomes an ever-more rare quality in public services. Join the debate (which is still continuing apace at Unity HQ)

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6. CELEBRATING OUR LATEST AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Unity team is thrilled to announce we have been nominated for NINE major PR Awards.

The brilliant news is thanks to the unveiling of the latest PRCA Awards shortlist. We have been nominated for our #FollowTheFairies campaign for M&S, our Swing The Vote campaign for vInspired and for our work with Liverpool City Council.

We will find out if we’ve won at the big awards ceremony later this year. Watch this space!

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