July 2, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 03.07.15

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…


One of the UK’s most eclectically curated and creative film festivals is back for its 13th edition. The East End Film Festival takes place around the Eastern part of our capital city and is always a major highlight for anyone who loves and supports independent British film.

This year’s programme features flying anarchists at the Whitechapel Gallery, masked macabre at the Masonic Temple and even the festival’s first foray into record releasing. In an exciting move, the festival is releasing its first ever soundtrack album..

From hard-hitting documentaries, to love stories, comedies and much more. The Cutting East strand celebrates young Londoner’s achievements in film, there’s Mind The Gap training opportunities for filmmakers and the Genesis Speakeasy is opening up to become a special festival hub.

WHERE? Around East London
WHEN? Until July 12th

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There’s a few Unity staff members dreaming about a lost weekend at Glastonbury.. In fact, we even shut our office for a few days last week!

Anyway, if you feel like you need more festival fun in your life then there’s still lots to look out for. Later this month, the epic Lovebox Festival returns to London’s Victoria Park and there’s still a few tickets left.

Highlights include the Corona Sunsets Stage with DJ sets from legends such as Craig Richards, Jazzie B and Greg Wilson; the Radio 1Xtra stage featuring the best urban talent from Action Bronson to Little Simz; and a headline slot from Snoop Dogg

WHERE? Victoria Park, East London
WHEN? July 17th to 18th

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This looks like something worth getting out of bed for on a Saturday. Rise is a special collaboration between composer, producer and musician Nitin Sawhney, yoga teacher Claire Missingham and everyone’s favourite café-style Indian restaurant Dishoom.

RISE brings together 100 yogis for a morning of downward dog and sun salutations at The Crossing, a super-cool six-storey atrium in Granary Square. The 90-minute session is choreographed to uplifting live music performed by Nitin.

And here’s the best bit, after working up an appetite during the class all the yoga students can tuck into a delicious breakfast, all courtesy of Dishoom.

WHERE? Granary Square, Kings Cross
WHEN? July 4th

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It’s time to break out the glowsticks, the whistles, and that UV facepaint – for rave karaoke!

Continuing the karaoke trend that seems to be taking over some of the coolest corners of our capital, this night is straight-up karaoke to classic dance anthems.

Everybody’s free, to feel good!

WHERE? The Old Queen’s Head, Islington
WHEN? July 2nd, and watch out for upcoming dates

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Monkey Shoulder malt whisky has created a unique spin on the pop-up bar – Neave’s Pop Down Bar. At this East London venue, the doormen have been trained in ‘public manner’ etiquette so should be more jovial than the usual surly bunch. In fact, the team at Neave’s Pop Down Bar will aim to get people in as fast as possible but if there are delays then it might well pay off..

Because those waiting in line will be treated to super special cocktail tasters and be given special “mate’s rates” tokens to use at the bar. Dress code: dress down – if you look too glam you might find yourself handed comedy trainer overshoes or a trucker cap to make your outfit more casual.

No pop-up is complete without a frenzy of snapping and hashtagging so Neave’s have arranged for free prints of your photos to stick on your walls as well as Instagram, with prizes for the best pics. As for the drinks, cocktails include twists on classics (like Gorilla Old Fashioneds) and food-wise ‘Manapés’ on the menu include deep-fried Mars Bars and donuts.

WHERE? Ely’s Yard, Spitalfields
WHEN? Until July 26th

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Avid Snapchat users, this one’s for you! There’s been rumour of it happening since CEO, Evan Spiegel hinted at such a development a few months back and now it’s here; one-touch tap to view. No longer do you need to keep a finger depressed on the screen to view a snap or story, just press it once and you’re good to go – so no more tired thumbs!

What’s more, this is just one of several product updates recently announced, as the messaging app also launched a new “Add Nearby” tool allowing users to add several friends at once if in a close proximity.

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