July 10, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 10.07.15

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

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The team at Unity LOVE Japan, and try and get inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun whenever we can. So we’re super thrilled that the amazing Hyper Japan festival is coming back to the UK this weekend.

An explosion of cuteness and colour. Hyper Japan serves up a wealth of stalls, a huge range of Japanese cuisine, kitsch, clothing and much more.

The o2 will be be populated by mind-blowing cosplay, the latest video games and more manga than you can shake your chopsticks at. The festival also features expert talks, film screenings and music.

WHERE? The o2, Greenwich, London
WHEN? July 10th to 12

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In a busy weekend in Greenwich, the world’s most electrifying bike race – The Red Hook Crit – is making its London debut.

The Red Hook Crit is like a Monaco F1 Grand Prix on bikes; with courageous couriers, weekend warriors and pro cyclists battling it out for a place on the podium. There are international riders flying into London from all over the world for this fixed gear extravaganza.

Alongside the races, there’s amazing New York street food, parties and entertainment. Unity are proud to be working with Rockstar Games who are presenting the race. If you are heading to Greenwich to watch the action unfold, then let us know.

WHERE? Greenwich Pensilua
WHEN? Saturday July 11th

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This Sunday, the Red Bull Soapbox Race makes its return to London. The beauty of this race, is it’s not all about speed. It’s actually about racing funny.

Like a real-life Wacky Races, on the steep slopes of Muswell Hill. If you ever fancied yourself as something of a Fred Flintstone, then this is one not to be missed. A festival of human ingenuity, and the lighter side of design!

WHERE? Muswell Hill, North London
WHEN? Sunday, July 12

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A new French film called Eden is released later this month, and a one-off immersive preview screening sounds like a special event not to be missed.

Spanning across two decades, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden follows aspiring DJ, Paul and his friends as they plunge into an ephemeral nightlife of raves, sex, drugs, and endless music.

And to celebrate this new release, a special flavour of 90’s Paris is coming to Hackney Wick. The preview screening offers free food and drink and a chance to play your own favourite tracks on the decks before the film at 7.30pm..

WHERE? Shapes, Hackney Wick, East London
WHEN? Thursday July 16th

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Bored of Facebook’s constant stream of Lad culture re-shares? Losing interest in Facebook friend no. 146’s regular posting of gushing baby pics? Or, maybe you just want to streamline your News Feed to pick who you see first?

Well, you can now make this happen with Facebook’s new preferences. The social network have introduced a new set of tools set to provide users with that bit more control over exactly what they see in their News Feed.

Split in to four sections; you can prioritise who you want to see first, unfollow those you¹re not too fussed about and hide their posts, or reconnect with people you¹ve unfollowed in the past, as well as being able to discover new pages that might be of interest.

The priority feature will provide users with the chance to select up to 30 accounts whose newest updates will always appear at the top of your feed.
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Everyday emergencies are the things that derail us on a daily basis – the swarm of trivialities that cause an undue amount of stress, such as missing the bus or forgetting a packed lunch.

Over the past month, Direct Line has been listening to the nation’s everyday emergencies via Twitter and fixing them both digitally and physically.

This week’s London #tubestrikes led to serious amounts of stress – all being vented about on social media. You could say the situation needed fixing… So, that’s where we stepped in. We supplied food, new shoes, cool-down kits, and more surprises to help commuters get through the worse of the stress.

It was a campaign that got everyone talking about it, and helped those in need. Good job!
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