March 4, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 4.3.16

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. BARBICAN SHAKESPEARE WEEKENDER: PLAY ON

We’re huge fans of the Barbican and its cultural programming, which is why we’re very excited for this weekend’s Shakespearean plans.

Pop in for your favourite from the extensive calendar of events, or drop in for the whole day and dip into their plethora of free events celebrating the Bard’s legacy, from Shakesperean bingo to Shakespeare-inspired hairstyles.

Be sure to nab a ticket to one of the brilliant Table Top Shakespeare shows, presented by Forced Entertainment. The theatre company are reimagining all 36 of the playwright’s works using household objects – a salt and pepper pot becomes a king and queen, Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, and Hamlet is now a bottle of ink. It’s Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before.

WHERE? The Barbican
WHEN? March 5th-6th
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2. URBAN FOOD FESTIVAL

The Urban Food Festival makes its 2016 return this Saturday, transforming an East London car park into one of the capital’s top food-based destinations.

Located just off Shoreditch High Street, the space has been transformed into a food-lover’s dream with delicacies from all four corners of the globe.

This is a great place to try something completely new – from Tajik to Venezuelan to urban cocktails.

Founded by City lawyer and investment banking pals Jessica and Mike, the food festival also plays host to up-and-coming bands and entertainers to create a truly authentic dining experience. Entry is free – the food unfortunately isn’t.

WHERE? Euro Car Parks 62-167 Shoreditch High Streetl
WHEN? Every Saturday from March 5th
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3. ALL YOUR NEEDS AND WANTS FULFILLED FOREVER

The brilliant Vaults Festival has another unmissable offering, this time presented by the award-winning theatre company The PlayGround Collective who are fresh from their acclaimed New York season.

Sex, video games and his three pet rats; Simon successfully distracts himself from the recent death of his father in all the ways you might expect, until a fracture in the fourth wall reveals his world might not be all that it seems.

Winner of five Theatre Awards in 2015, this existential comedy dissects the stories we all tell ourselves as we try to make meaning from the chaos.

WHERE? The Vaults, Leake St, Waterloo
WHEN? Until March 6th
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4. THESE FRAGILE THINGS

We’re eager to see Curious Duke Gallery’s new show These Fragile Things – a solo exhibition of artist Kate Knight, who will be bringing the gallery space into a 21st century interpretation of the baroque movement with her rich watercolours and epic tales of mythology and Mother Nature.

Kate Knight, a runner up for the Marmite Art prize, is influenced by the baroque and rococo art movements, and her work explores parts of the natural world that are threatened by climate change. This collection in particular presents a wealth of luscious colours and glittering gold.

Prepare to be transported from urban East London by her large-scale watercolours, ceramic sculptures, and biro drawings that detail endangered animals.

WHERE? Curious Duke Gallery, Whitecross Street
WHEN? Until March 23rd
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5. LITTLE NAN’S 90’S PARTY BAR

One of the most kitsch pop ups around, the award-winning Little Nan’s Bar, returns to Shoreditch for a 10-week stint.

They have transformed one of our favourite creative spaces, the Red Gallery, into a 90’s heaven full of Little Nan’s antique furniture, teapots and 90’s treasures.

Guests can book in for two hours of Bottomless Teapot Cocktails, Smirnoff Ice and Hooch, unlimited 90’s pic n mix and fairground popcorn – as well as endless classic hits from your favourite cheesy artists. Expect all the sounds and sights of the 90s, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the Spice Girls.

Walk-ins are allowed until they run out of space, but it’s best to book in advance.

WHERE? 1-3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch
WHEN? Until April 30th
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6. REPENT, THE END IS EXTREMELY HIGH

This week Secret Cinema announced its latest experiential cinematic takeover – and it’s going to be terrifying.

Amidst much speculation, the next movie to receive the Secret Cinema treatment was revealed to be Danny Boyle’s 2002 British cult classic 28 Days Later.

This is the first time the experiential film company has tackled the horror genre, and it’s expected to be gruesome, gritty and ruthless.

The 28 Days Later show will also act as the nationwide launch of Secret Cinema at this scale. Alongside the shows in London, another secret city will also be home to the experience.

Previous Secret Cinema movies include The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars and Back to the Future. Tickets went on sale Thursday – grab one before they go.

WHERE? Secret Location
WHEN? April 14th – May 29th
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