April 22, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 22.04.16

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. FLATPACK FILM FESTIVAL

One of the UK’s most imaginatively programmed film festivals is back for another festival of celluloid creativity.

Flatpack Film festival is held at brilliant venues around Birmingham, immersing audiences into undiscovered films, music, and works of art.

This year’s programme includes short films, documentaries, workshops, exhibitions, installations and even a free ‘full moon party’.

Other highlights include ‘Blind Cinema’, a special viewing of a film that no-one, except the filmmaker and her young narrators will ever see. When you enter the cinema you are blindfolded and the only thing you can hear is the movie’s soundtrack and the film narrated by a group of schoolchildren sitting in the row behind you.

A special programme of films called Journeys will push the boundaries of what film can be and what it can achieve through innovative archive production techniques. And if all the creativity on show inspires people, there’s a wealth of training opportunities at the festival too.

WHERE? Venues around Birmingham

WHEN? Until April 24 Find out more

2. VISUAL INSPIRATION AT SOMERSET HOUSE

Pick Me Up is back at Somerset House, and is one of the UK’s best showcases of visual inspiration and creativity.

Its the seventh year of Pick Me Up, and again features top emerging illustrators and designers as well as more established names in graphic arts.

A programme of workshops is among the highlights; including animal illustrations, building type and sessions on four panel comics.

This year Pick Me Up is part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year Of Imagination And Possibility, focusing on themes of community within the world of graphic and focuses on the themes of community within the graphic arts.

WHERE? Somerset House, London

WHEN? Until May 2 Find out more

3. PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL AT THE V&A

Feeling the love for theatre and drama? Then the V&A’s annual Performance Festival is the place to be. It celebrates theatre and performance in all their creative forms.

Festival highlights include special study days, pop up performances, and a series of free film screenings of great theatrical productions from the National Video Archive of Performance.

It also offers a wide range of themed tours, workshops, talks and performances throughout the Museum, with many events free to attend.

WHERE? The V&A, Cromwell Road, London

WHEN? April 24 Find out more

4. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF LAUGHTER?

What tickles your funny bone? This short film programme and panel discussion is a partnership between LOCO (London Comedy Film Festival) and the Rich Pickings crew, and assembles a range of voices from the fields of film, neuroscience, psychology and comedy to discuss the nature of laughter.

The event will include a screening of comedy shorts and is followed by a discussion investigating comedy’s therapeutic and social functions and its physiological effects.

Speakers include Prof Sophie Scott (a neuroscientist, comedian and Wellcome Trust senior fellow), Dr. Caspar Addyman (author and psychology lecturer), and Jamie Wood (clown, dancer and performer).

If comedy is your thing, then LOCO offers a series of comedy film premiers and screenings until May 1st.

WHERE? The Barbican, London

WHEN? April 28 Find out more

5. JUNKYARD GOLF

Great news for Londoners, as Manchester’s super-cool Junkyard Golf crew make their debut in London. Opening next month, Junkyard Golf’s capital course will feature three unique nine-hole courses made from charity shop cast-offs, London junkyards and beyond.

This is the crazy side of crazy golf people; with the challenging courses featuring junk like treadmills, old washing machines, broken mobility scooters and more.

The London edition will feature new cocktails, eats from the best street food vendors and a few fun surprises too.

Junkyard Golf London is scheduled to open on May 12th, and tickets are already going quickly…

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6. HUGE AWARDS SUCCESS FOR TEAM UNITY

And finally, we just wanted to share some positive news from Unity HQ – celebrating some of our greatest hits from the past year.

Earlier this week, we were recognized for three awards at the CIM awards, winning awards for our long-running #DirectFix campaign for insurance brand Direct Line. As well as work we’ve really enjoyed, it was fabulous to see some of the brightest minds in our industry giving it the thumbs up.

And in more awards news, Unity has been shortlisted for NINE awards at the Sabre awards. We’re shortlisted for our work with vInspired, M&S, Butlins and Ribena. The winners will be announced at an international ceremony in Berlin. Stay tuned to On Your Radar for news about the winners!

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