April 8, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 8.4.16

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. THE BIG BEACH SPRING CLEAN

As we’re getting into April, it’s time we start to think about our spring cleaning. We wanted to share an opportunity to do some spring cleaning on a grand scale.

Surfers Against Sewage is organising a nationwide beach clean up – the Big Spring Beach Clean. Unfortunately, the recent Storm Imogen battered the UK coastline, dumping tonnes of litter along our coast. Marine litter is one of the biggest threats to the health and sustainability of our marine ecosystem. This year’s beach spring clean is your chance to do something about it!

This year’s Big Spring Beach Clean is going to be the biggest single community cleaning effort in the UK, uniting 7,000 grassroots volunteers in 200 locations around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

WHERE? Beaches around the UK

WHEN? April 11-17 Find out more

2. 'WHAT'S UP' NEW CONTEMPORARY ART IN SOHO

We’re really looking forward to “What’s Up”, a new contemporary art show in Soho.

“What’s Up” is a pioneering exhibition featuring 50 of the most exciting young contemporary artists from around the world, brought together for a dynamic international survey.

Some of the fresh talent exhibiting work includes Markus Amm, Bianca Argimon, Flavie Audi and Julie Beaufils. The new work has been curated by young collector and arts advisor Lawrence van Hagen.

The exhibition runs from the 14th until the 30th April 2016 at the Soho Revue and neighbouring space the Union Club on Greek Street. A great excuse to venture into Soho’s creative scene.

WHERE? The Soho Revue, and Union Club, Greek Street, Soho

WHEN? April 14 – 30 Find out more

3. LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL

Honestly, we can’t imagine a working day without a cup of coffee or two. So, we’re really looking forward to London Coffee Festival at the brilliant Old Truman Brewery.

The London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a true celebration of London’s incredible coffee culture. The event features gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. Beyond coffee the show also features fashion, design and food events.

There’s a competitive element, with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe’s UK Barista Championships and there’s a chance to learn too, with The School of Chocolate hosted by Hotel Chocolat. This offers visitors the chance to learn all about the art of chocolate making and pairing.

WHERE? Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, East London

WHEN? April 7 – 10 Find out more

4. NEW OPENINGS IN UNITY'S NEIGHBOURHOOD

The development of Unity’s Hatton Wall neighbourhood continues at a rapid pace. This week we’ve seen two super cool openings on Leather Lane.

The Good & Proper Tea company opened its second London store this week. The stunning shop sells selected speciality teas from around the world. The company’s story began with a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the conversion of a 1974 Citroen-H van.

Just over the road on Leather Lane, a pop-up gallery is showcasing the work of hotly-tipped artist Daniel Fisher. His first solo exhibition was held over London Fashion Week last year, and his work is currently exhibited alongside Banksy and Shepherd Fairey in London Bridge.

The show on Leather Lane shows his signature styles exuding diversity, experimentation and confidence. Just another part of the burgeoning creative scene in our neighborhood.

Find out more – The Good & Proper Tea Company

Find out more – Daniel Fisher

5. UNITY'S MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

Last night Unity hosted a special London Mario Kart tournament. The epic tournament was part of the first ever London Games Festival Fringe – celebrating London as one of the world’s best cities to both make games and play games.

Teams representing the media and creative industries came to Unity last night to take part in the tournament, which was played out on the Nintendo Wii.

The event was produced in partnership with Blueprint Film, food was provided by our neighborhood pizzeria Wedge Issue, and our friends from Brooklyn Brewery came over – so gamers enjoyed a chilled beer or two.

The tournament was part of a series of unique events in our basement space. Make sure you follow the Unity Twitter feed to be kept up to date with the latest news.

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6. UNITY SHORTLISTED FOR NINE BRAND REPUBLIC DIGITAL AWARDS

Finally, Unity has been recognised its contribution to campaigns in the digital space. We have recently discovered that we’ve been nominated for nine Brand Republic Digital Awards, the most for any agency.

We are shortlisted for our work with Direct Line, M&S, Pizza Express and for our work on the big youth democracy project #SwingTheVote for vInspired.

The awards night is on June 2nd, so stay tuned to hear the latest.

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