April 15, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 15.04.16

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. GET READY FOR A SOHO RIOT

Lights of Soho is bringing us a look at the legendary street artist Ben Eine this month, for an artistic examination of the changing face of central London.

The super cool exhibition is called SOHO RIOT and will bring to life Eine’s artwork by giving it the neon treatment for the very first time. The brand new works will be fabricated in a series of limited edition colour-ways, which will shine bright out onto Brewer Street on 20th April.

SOHO RIOT is about encapsulating the spirit of Soho as we move through a time of massive gentrification. Eine’s RIOT artwork will showcase the frustrations of the creative communities to the changing face of the neighbourhood.

Ben Eine’s work is always provocative, so we’re really looking forward to this on

WHERE? Lights of Soho, Brewer Street, Soho

WHEN? Until May 21 Find out more

2. SECRET 7" - THE PUBLIC RECORDINGS

If you fancy recording your own record in honour of World Record Store Day this weekend, head to Secret 7”.

At the exhibition of 700 7” vinyl record sleeves, 7 tracks from 7 musicians have been pressed 100 times, with each sleeve individually designed by creatives from around the world. This weekend they open up the recording room to the public, so that keen acoustic musicians can book a 15 minute performance slot, cut live to a 7” by their engineers.

Even better, all the profits from the events will go to Amnesty International UK.

WHERE? Sonos Studio, 21 Club Row, Shoreditch

WHEN? April 16-17 Find out more

3. HISTORY IN BRIEFS

The latest show at the V&A explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion – promising to reveal all about how our underwear shapes our identity, as well as our bodies.

The exhibition examines the role of underwear in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal; with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.

It looks back at the innovations in underwear design from the 1800s right up until the present day. Highlights include the long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria’s mother and the sheer slip famously worn by Kate Moss in 1993.

The show is sponsored by Agent Provocateur and Revlon and features more than 200 pieces of underwear.

WHERE? The V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington

WHEN? From April 16 Find out more

4. RECORD STORE DAY 2016

One of Unity’s favourite days of the year, Record Store Day is a celebration of the UK’s incredible independent music scene.

Highlights in London include a special listening-event at Soho Hotel, where the Pitchblack Playback team are giving fans the chance to listen to Ian Brown’s Solarised in pitch black – to really appreciate the music.

Over in West London, The Sex Pistol’s Glen Matlock is performing at Rough Trade West on Talbot Road. In Unity’s Clerkenwell neighbourhood, Brill/Clerkenwell Music are hosting L and Charlotte Campbell.

In super-cool Hackney Wick, the Vinyl Pimps crew are hosting an all-day event featuring DJs from Secretsundaze and drinks from Giddy Up Coffee. Instead of the usual Record Store Day releases, they are adding 5,000 new house and techno records to their usual stock.

It’s a packed day of events around the UK, well worth checking out the full programme before you go out shopping!

WHERE? Record stores around the UK

WHEN? April 16 Find out more

5. SECRET CINEMA - 28 DAYS LATER

Great news for fans of British horror film 28 Days Later, the Secret Cinema team has brought this modern classic to London.

Secret Cinema is getting a lot darker, as it takes its first steps into the horror genre with Danny Boyle’s 2002 British cult classic 28 Days Later.

The film is a favourite of the Unity office, and we’re thrilled to be working on this immersive re-telling of the film. It is now open in a (secret!) location in London, and runs until the end of May.

There’s more exciting news too, because this 28 Days Later show will also act as the nationwide launch of Secret Cinema.

Find out more

6. JOIN THE DOTS... ON DIGITAL MUMS

This week, our breakfast trends briefing on Digital Mums saw us bring together a host of brands to our new events space.

This session’s speakers included Nik Govier (Unity co-founder), Siobhan Freegard (Netmums and Channel Mum), Sophy Tobias (Instagram) and Paul Flatters (The Trajectory Partnership), who gave insights into the modern generation of parents and how they interact with brands online.

Key take outs from the event will be sent in the next few days – to find out more, email katreena@hellounity.com.

We’re currently planning the next Join The Dots session, so keep an eye on this space for more details.

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