June 22, 2014

Unity Culture Club – On Your Radar 20.06.14

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

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The Sneeze Free Garden on London's Southbank, a low-allergen garden created by Piriton. PRESS ASSOCIATION

The Sneeze Free Garden on London’s Southbank, a low-allergen garden created by Piriton. PRESS ASSOCIATION

1. MULTI-STORY ORCHESTRA @ FRANKS
Multi-story Orchestra brings classical music to unexpected places. The season will begin with a new orchestral piece, with words by poet Holly McNish and music from 200 children from local primary schools as well as three local orchestras are coming together with The Multi-Story Orchestra. The orchestra will also perform the beautiful Symphony no. 5 (1919) by Finnish composer Sibelius.
– WHEN/WHERE: Franks, Peckham
– LINK: multi-story.org.uk

2. STORY-COLLIDER
The world of science and the world of stories connect. Story Collider are bringing together people from the two worlds – people like cosmologist Eugene Lim and Helen Arney from the wonderful Festival of the Spoken Nerd – to talk about science and the ways in which it has changed them in personal and emotional ways.
– WHEN/WHERE: The Book Club, Shoreditch, on Wednesday
– WHY RELEVANT? Media seem to love science being brought to life..
– LINK: storycollider.org

3. OPEN CITY DOCS FEST – DIGITAL NATIVES
From web addiction in China to the rise of internet voodoo in Ghana, films chronicling the growing pains of the digital generation. These films look like one of the highlights, with expert talks / lectures and Q&As
– WHEN / WHERE: Around UCL
– WHY RELEVANT? Great to understand digital cultures around the world
– LINK: opencitydocsfest.com / liftfestival.com

4. ACID BRASS
Brainchild of Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, Acid Brass fuses traditional brass music and acid house. Acid Brass began in 1997 when Deller saw the connection between two seemingly disparate genres, acid house and brass band music. He recruited Rodney Newton to create brass arrangements for a number of acid house anthems and the the Stockport-based Fairey Brass Band to perform them, and so Acid Brass was born. It has been performed at festivals and venues all over the world including The Louvre in Paris.
– WHEN / WHERE: The Southbank Centre, on Sunday – free!
– WHY RELEVANT? Award-winning collision of two cultures (this is a brilliant project! Love brass bands..)
– LINK: southbankcentre.co.uk

5. THE SECRET LIFE OF BUILDINGS
In partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, the Bloomsbury Institute is playing host to a special Salon with novelist Tom Campbell and art historian Tom Wilkinson to explore the secret life of buildings and how they influence the lives of people who use them. The salon will be discussing their recent publications and more so the economic, erotic, political and psychological impacts that buildings have on society. Architecture moulds society just as much as society moulds architecture and Wilkinson highlights this in his latest release Bricks & Mortars, as he reveals how ten of the greatest buildings across the world have changed our lives for the better.
– WHEN / WHERE: Bloomsbury, on Tuesday
– WHY RELEVANT? What if buildings could help us tell stories and create great campaigns?
– LINK: bloomsbury.com

6. ALASKAN GOLD RUSH
Love Alaskan seafood? This Saturday Pimlico Gardens is being turned into an Alaskan Settlement. Filled with wagons; actors getting you into the spirit of the Gold Rush; campfires; live music; cookery demonstrations; and, in the evening, a sit-down dinner under the stars. All of which would seem a bit weird – given Alaska’s reputation for being freezing cold and dark all of the time – if it weren’t for the fact that Alaska actually enjoys sunshine for up to twenty hours a day throughout the summer, and so is the perfect location on which to base a lazy day of alfresco feasting. Head along during the day and you’ll find live music and cocktails; treasure hunts with Wyatt Earp; chefs who used to work at restaurants like Moro and Bocca Di Lupo giving free demonstrations in everything from poaching Alaskan salmon and making gravadlax to learning how to filet fish and crabs; seafood-laden tasting stations; and the story of The Last Frontier relayed by a fast talkin’, pipe smokin’ prospector.
– WHEN / WHERE: Pimlico Gardens, Saturday
– LINK: designmynight.com

7. SNEEZE FREE GARDEN
Suffer from hayfever? Head down to Piriton’s low allergen garden on the Southbank, where you can enjoy all the delights of a garden regardless of whether you have hayfever! With an activity piece for kids and adults, the garden is the perfect spot for an afternoon chill-out!
-WHEN / WHERE: Observation Point, Southbank, Sunday
– LINK: oxotower.co.uk