July 31, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 31.07.15

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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This week, a new street food experience has opened up on the top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre. Storeys is set to be a summer terrace hotspot with some of the UK’s best street food traders and fantastic cocktails in a unique urban setting.

Street food specials will be coming from White Men Can’t Jerk (Carribean street food with a twist), Crabbieshack (soft-shell Folkestone crab burgers), Tico’s Brazilian Street Food, Aji Ceviche (fresh Peruvian food) and much more.

The incredible BBC history makes Storeys stand-out from the crowd, as well as its 24,000 sq feet of space and amazing panaromic views of London.

WHERE? Multi Storey Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Lane
Television Centre, Wood Lane,
WHEN? Open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays, from July 31st onwards

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The Unity team love tasting the foodie delights around our Clerkenwell home – so this week we were super happy to hear that street food genius Mark Hix is coming to Hatton Wall.

His brilliant FishDogs menu is coming to our neighbouring pub The Hat And Tun for a one-off summer residency. The menu boasts a soft shell crab burger, his signature FishDog and cinnamon coated doughnuts among many other treats.

WHERE? The Hat And Tun pub, Hatton Wall, Clerkenwell, EC1N 8HX
WHEN? The FishDog menu will be available Wednesday to Friday, from July 29th to August 14th

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Forget Glynebourne, the Unity team is much more excited about the Arcola theatre’s annual Grimeborn. The season of shows is opera done the Dalston way – and that means plenty of wit and innovation, all against an East London setting.

Grimeborn challenges the notion that opera is inaccessible or elitist and instead features new adaptations of traditional operas alongisde lesser known or rarely performed works. It’s jam-packed with new ideas too, featuring a host of pieces from up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies.

A highlight is a fresh perspective on the classic La Boheme, with the story set in 21st Century London against a backdrop of zero hour contracts and rising rents.

WHERE? The Arcola, Dalston, London
WHEN? Various dates throughout August

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We’re really excited about award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock’s Utopia. The installation sees a takeover of The Roundhouse’s Main Space with a major new installation realised in collaboration with Block9 (the designers famous for creating the extravagant fantasy worlds of Glastonbury’s after-hours stage).

Utopia is a city experienced through imagined environments peppered with narrative soundscapes that will reverberate with stories that are personal, political and pertinent to the parallel lives being lived in the world’s biggest cities.

A curiosity and craft for storytelling underpins this new show. For Utopia, Penny Woolcock spent many months uncovering the stories of Londoners from the most wildly diverse of backgrounds to reveal the hidden narratives of our city.

It tackles themes of inequality, consumerism, housing, gentrification, education, crime and social media – all the stories looming large in a fascinating, multi-sensory world created specifically for the Camden institution.

WHERE? The Roundhouse, Camden
WHEN? August 4th to 23rd

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These days, more than half the views on YouTube happen using mobile devices so it makes absolute sense that the platforms latest update revealed a new mobile interface.

Bringing a more user-friendly experience, it is now easier than ever to find videos you like and create them, too. The most notable update to YouTube will enable users to watch vertical videos in full screen on its app. Presented with a three-panelled page design to make it easier for people to find different videos by showing content based on their past viewing habits, the channels they subscribe to and their account activity.

Presently, this is only available on Android and mobile web but an iOS version will likely drop very soon.
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We sparked something good this week, by launching a huge new project for Marks & Spencer. The kick-off for Spark Something Good saw 24 community projects take place around the capital over 24 hours. All produced and publicised by the team at Unity.

M&S is one of Unity’s oldest clients, and this week unveiled its new initiative to inspire and motivate employees and customers around the country. Spark Something Good sees people grabbing a shovel, picking up a paintbrush and taking action for social good – essentially donating their time to improve lives up and down the country.

Unity worked with Joanna Lumley and David Gandy to launch the project, orchestrating a series of photocalls, high-profile interviews and media moments. The positive coverage is still flooding in; but highlights included a live broadcast on Sky News, a double-page spread in The Times and a big package on BBC London. The #SparkSomethingGood hashtag was also trending during the project. There’s lots of opportunities to get involved too, so what are you waiting for!
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