June 10, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 10.06.16

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world. The Euro 2016 championships kick off this week, and fans everywhere are gearing up to celebrate. There are plenty of guides on what to do if you’re watching them, but if football isn’t your thing we’ve got you covered with our alternative guide.

Lock down your aerials…

1. GET AWAY TO CAMBERWELL

Arts not sports, man. Head to Camberwell this weekend for the opening of Camberwell Arts Festival, a nine-day celebration of the best local makers and creators. Exhibits and shows will be peppered across the Denmark Hill and Camberwell area, both public and ticketed.

Still need a sports fix? Have a look at ‘Cycling with Victorians’, open from Saturday to Monday June 20th at Cycle PS – an interactive stencilled mural about SE5’s rich cycling history and the evolution of the velocipede –  a weird and wonderful-looking early form of bicycle.

WHEN? June 11-20
WHERE? Camberwell, London
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2. WATCH VIGILANTE

Get away from London and the hoards of boozy footie fans. Instead, go to Lincoln next Friday for the premiere of Vigilante – a film by our friends at Blueprint Film.

A feature-length version of their short film of the same name, it follows the story of a local hero with the vision of creating a town with no crime. But when he becomes the subject of a documentary film, his behaviour becomes increasingly violent – and, like football mania, proving contagious.

Spaces are limited, so get your ticket at admin@blueprintfilm.co.uk.

WHEN? June 24
WHERE? Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
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3. DINE ON THE RIVER

If you’re on the hunt for some outdoors fun, but don’t want to brave a beer garden packed out with England supporters, check out London Riviera – the city’s latest pop up offering.

Inhabiting an otherwise quiet stretch of London by Tower Bridge, the pop up bar looks to combine ‘the ridiculousness of Miami’ with ‘the sophistication of the French Riviera’ – think giant pineapples, pink flamingos and giant daybeds, as well as Mediterranean food and South Beach-inspired cocktails.

The bar opened this week as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, so grab a drink and enjoy the free entertainment over the next few months – from live music to dance classes.

WHEN? Until October 31
WHERE? Next to City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London
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4. A NEW SENSATION

If you’re not a fan of The Beautiful Game, why not check out some beautiful art? Bringing together some of London’s most exciting emerging artists for one night only, A New Sensation looks to tackle the trials of life in the city through art.

20 works will be will be exhibited by young creative, inspired by the issues they face – from student fees to being priced out of the city. While not dwelling on their struggles, they hope to open a positive dialogue around them.

WHEN? June 16
WHERE? Downstairs at Mother, Mother London, Biscuit Building 10 Redchurch Street
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5. NETFLIX AND CHILL

If it’s all a bit much this week and you just want to stay in, head to Netflix. They’ve just unveiled The Binge Scale, revealing which shows we devour and which we savour.

According to their study, when members are focused on finishing a series they watch a little over two hours a day to complete a season – choosing to binge watch their way through a series in a week. Netflix’s scale places irreverent comedies like Bojack Horseman as being the most savoured, with thrillers like The Fall being the most devoured.

Looking for something more entertaining to do than watch 22 men kick a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes? Check out fascinating documentary Virunga, recently added to Netflix. It’s exactly just over 90 minutes long, and tells the story of the brave team of park rangers who risk their lives to protect the endangered mountain gorilla.

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6. PICKLES MAGAZINE

But if football’s really what you’re after, let us point you towards Pickles.

Named after the Collie that found the stolen World Cup ahead of the 1966 tournament, the publication is a quarterly, independent magazine dedicated to offering an alternative voice on football culture. Run by a small team of designers, writers and football fans, the magazine shines a light on the sport’s second half – a half occupied by Gabriel Uchida photography and fantastic illustrations.

For a taster, check out Pickles’ Instagram and pick up a copy online.

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