August 26, 2016
Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 26.08.16
Bank holidays. Notoriously disappointing, they’re usually full of crowds at the places you want to go or a total wash out, trapping you in the house.
While the recent, unexpected heat wave has somewhat resurrected our summer spirit, we’re still dreading the inevitable madness that will descend on London this weekend; the Southbank will be swamped, Leicester Square will be stressed – and don’t get us started about Notting Hill.
So in this week’s On Your Radar, we’re looking a little off the beaten track with our top picks for getting your culture or party on without being crushed.
Whether you’re dusting off your feathers and sequins for the Carnival or concocting a plan to avoid it, we hope you’ll be making the most of the last bank holiday of the year and getting out and about.
In the interests of letting you make the most of your time off, we’ll get straight to the point and give you our picks for the weekend.
1. RUN AN EMPIRE
If the idea of braving the bank holiday and Carnival crowds this weekend actually makes you want to run away, we’ve got the thing to help you.
Run An Empire, the latest running app to get you active, launched in the UK this week. The location-based strategy game encourages players to get out into the real world and compete against friends and neighbours, as they race to capture, claim and build their own digital empire based on their levels of activity.
Created by long time Unity friends, PAN, it was designed to make running more fun for athletes and amateurs alike – but it focuses being on how determined you are to keep going rather than on how fast you run.
So if you’re looking for a way to be active this weekend, get out and conquer your neighbourhood. We’ve got Clerkenwell covered.
Looking for an alternative knees up to the Carnival? London collective ReviveHER is throwing a birthday party to end all birthday parties on Saturday, celebrating six years of late-night antics and the launch of its new record label with a free 16-hour extravaganza.
Promising a marathon of music, the party will kick off in the brilliant open air space in The Last Days of Shoreditch before moving to the Red Gallery. Expect sets from Sultan Shakes feat. Mystery Jets and an ‘intergalactic dance troupe’, Rub N Tug, and RHER001 remixers, as well as a whole host of secret special guests.
As its only summer date of the year, it’s set to be an all-nighter that’s not to be missed.
3. LONDON'S ART IN A DAY
If you need a little inspiration or motivation to go and enjoy London’s world-class art scene this bank holiday, look no further than ArtFund’s newest video.
The institution challenged filmmaker Alex Gorosh to see as much of the capital’s art as possible in just one day – sparking a brilliant madcap adventure around the city through its biggest museums and galleries.
While covering 22 miles and 140,000 pieces of art in one day is a little out of the realm of possibility for most people, why not take the opportunity to head off the beaten track and check out one of the less mainstream galleries not included in the video – there are 92 in London to explore, after all.
And if you’re hankering for our opinion on where to go, we’ll be escaping the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and popping into to see William Eggleston at the Photographer’s Gallery – an oasis of calm and beautiful photography that’s just steps away from the shopping crowds.
4. DEPTFORD NESTIVAL
If your sequinned bikini isn’t up to scratch for Notting Hill then put the jeans back on and head to Deptford for five days of live music, all for free, at Deptford Nestival.
An eclectic line-up of hip hop, spoken word and dance hosted over two venues will be topped off by one of the area’s leading voices, Kate Tempest – who will be returning to her South East London roots to headline The Bird’s Nest on Monday night.
5. MUCH ADO ABOUT SELFRIDGES
For a chance to watch some stellar West End theatre without the blockbuster queues, head to Selfridges this weekend to check out London’s latest unusual artistic venue – this time in the form of a pop-up theatre.
Celebrating Shakespeare400, the department store has opened its doors to The Faction, an exciting emerging young British theatre company, and the public for a new staging of Much Ado About Nothing; the story of two young, very different, couples in love.
‘Refashioned’ for the twenty first century, the company has reimagined Shakespeare’s ferociously witty comedy in a contemporary landscape of tabloid journalism, high fashion, and CCTV – complete with ‘digital cameos’ from Simon Callow CBE, Rufus Hound and Meera Syal CBE.
6. UNITY WANTS YOU (YES, YOU)
On another note…
In the spirit of keeping things short and sweet: we’re hiring. We’re looking for the best junior PR support around, who have the creativity, character and charisma to be part of our team.
Dust off your CV this weekend and give us a shout with why you think you should be the next Unity superstar.