On Sustainability: Sundried launch ethical sportswear brand

The CultureJukebox team have always been fans of ideas that bring together sustainability, style and performance – so it was brilliant to get our hands on some products from new brand Sundried.

It’s a new British brand that’s dedicated to making premium activewear ethically, taking care of the environment and staff.  Read about the brand’s brilliant values here.

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We’re particularly keen on the sustainability values after purchase.

Up to 80% of the impact of a t-shirt occurs after purchase. The water, chemical toxicity, energy use and emissions from washing and drying your clothing all contribute to your eco footprint. Throughout our marketing, our products, wash care labels and our site, we encourage and remind you to Wash Cool, Sun Dry.

Partnering with The Low Carbon Innovation Fund has allowed Sundried to produce their mens and women’s activewear with 100% transparency and as little a carbon footprint as possible. And, according to the website – purchasing through Sundried helps provide a child with clean drinking water for the first time.

Each item in the Sundried activewear collection is uniquely coded with a pledge to charity Water for Kids – which has volunteers working to provide clean water sources for children in rural disadvantaged communities such as Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.

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Watch out in 2017 for a crowdfunded triathlon collection. My samples have just arrived – check out CultureJukebox again later this year – after my next two races – for a full review of the products! For more information, visit Sundried here.

 

On Creativity: Create Syria – Imagining a better future in time of crisis

Peacebuilding charity International Alert is running Create Syria – a multimedia installation exploring how the arts can help imagine and build a better future in the wake of the Syria crisis.

And there’s just a week left to see this brilliant show.

It is curated in the atmospheric tunnels of House of Vans, Waterloo, London and uses film and sound to showcase the stories and works of several exiled Syrian artists and cultural figures living in Lebanon and working in diverse art forms such as theatre, film, painting, animation and music.

The featured artists have all been running workshops for displaced Syrian children and young people in refugee camps and other communities across Lebanon, using art to promote self-expression and collaboration. Their message is that Syria is not just about destruction and crises, but also re-growth and creativity.

Karim, a Syrian animator, wants to help young Syrian refugees to develop shared experiences through cartoons. He says: “Art presents the good and beautiful things in life, and encourages people to do the opposite of violence… It’s a coping mechanism, a way of dealing with the toxic context and the politics which is so complicated.”

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For her part, Raghad, a Syrian theatre and soap actress, is using drama to help young refugees learn new skills and regain a sense of purpose: “I want to make teenagers dream again”.

The exhibition was inspired by a project run by Alert in partnership with the British Council and the independent cultural organisation Ettijahat in Lebanon. It is curated by Ying-Hsuan Tai of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Charlotte Onslow, who co-ordinates the Create Syria project at International Alert, said: “We hope Create Syria will showcase the vibrant artistic scene alive among Syrian artists living in exile and highlight how creativity and expression is opening up space for wonder and calm in a time of crisis and the opportunity to imagine a future without violence.”

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On Music: Giggs at the #ASICSSECRETGIG

We always love it when brands get involved in supporting new and progressive music, so was great to get an invite to the #ASICSSECRETGIG.

The Japanese sneaker champs were celebrating the launch of their  Chameleoid pack with a secret gig in London.

A lit party – ASICS Tiger were joined by some of the biggest names in UK music and more than 600 guests. It was hosted by BBC 1Xtra DJ Sian Anderson. The night kicked off with Melody Kane and Logan Sama on the Decks. A live set followed from one of the fastest emerging names in UK Grime: AJ Tracey Followed by a huge headline set from Giggs.

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The new kicks combine progressive Japanese sports tech and global stylings. The Sole Supplier crew made this film from the launch:

Stay up-to-date with ASICS Tiger news via its Twitter feed.

 

On Music: Oxjam Festival Celebrates its 10th Birthday

The CultureJukebox team have always loved the combination of new music and doing good that Oxjam always brings – so it was great to hear about the festival’s 10th birthday. Time flies people!

Legendary DJ Fatboy Slim is kicking off this year’s 10th birthday celebrations of Oxjam music festival with an intimate gig in the Dalston Oxfam shop. (This is one of London’s best charity shops btw!)

The DJ will be returning to where he played at the first big-name Oxfam shop gig for Oxjam, with records, clothes, books and hardware moving from the shop, to make way for a stage and speakers to create an extra special music venue on October 3.   

The gig will launch Oxjam Music Festival where hundreds of gigs of every size and genre imaginable will take place across the UK throughout October. The events are organised by volunteers to showcase the best local bands and musical talent to raise money for Oxfam’s work to end poverty. Some 2,500 musicians are expected will play to more than 100,000 people.

Hosting Oxjam launch parties is part of the Dalston Oxfam shop’s heritage. Over the past decade, the shop has featured the biggest names in the UK music scene, including The Kooks, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Skream, Four Tet, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2manydjs, and Ghostpoet.

Bad news people, the tickets to see Fatboy Slim are already sold out.

Since it started 10 years ago, more than a million people have been to an Oxjam gig, helping to raise more than £2.5 million – that’s enough money to supply fresh water to 2.5 million people, or the population of Greater Manchester, one of the largest metropolitan districts in the UK. 

Indie rock band Mystery Jets are supporting Oxjam by selecting and spinning vinyl, signing records and posing with fans for photos at Oxfam shops in Leicester, Preston, Newcastle, Edinburgh Cambridge. They will also be performing at the Reading shop and there will be opportunities to win tickets to their gigs throughout the Oxfam shop tour between 29 September to 12 October. 

Oxjam’s Manager Sandy Trappitt said: “For ten years Oxjam has been an exciting opportunity for music-lovers to come together and share their passion for all sorts of music while at the same time supporting Oxfam’s fight to end poverty. It’s something to celebrate and a chance to thank all those involved.”

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On Television: Wolf Creek makes it TV debut

Wolf Creek is one of the CultureJukebox team’s favourite thrillers, so it was great to hear about it making its way to the small screen in a TV mini-series.

Wolf Creek – a 6 x 60’ psychological thriller – is based on the international hit feature film of the same name. John Jarratt reprises his role as murdering psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian outback.

Eureka Entertainment will release each episode digitally on demand 24 hours after it has aired on FOX TV, with the DVD and Blu-ray box set available to purchase from 10th October2016.

Wolf Creek follows American teenager Eve Thorogood (Lucy Fry) on holiday with her family in Northern Australia.  Sadistic killer Mick targets the family, viciously slaughtering them for his own twisted pleasure. Seriously injured, Eve survives the massacre of her parents and little brother, and sets out to bring the killer to justice.  And so begins a chilling game of cat and mouse, with the roles reversed and the hunter becoming the hunted. A Tarantino-esque revenge tale, Wolf Creek reveals Eve’s complex and extraordinary journey, as she evolves from child to adult, from prey to predator. But can she triumph over Mick Taylor, evil incarnate?

 

 

Sounds like great Autumn viewing to us. Check out the Wolf Creek Facebook page for more information.

On Sport: Batter Up – new MLB Pop-Up Opens in London

A visit to the Detroit Tigers to see a ball game was one of the highlights of our big trip to Detroit a few summers ago.

So, it was great to get an email from the MLB about a new pop-up store coming to London.

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The first ever European Major League Baseball Store has just opened its doors on 78B long Acre in Covent Garden.

It offers a broad range of merchandise that includes authentic on-field caps, jerseys, t-shirts, baseball equipment and New Era caps, Majestic Athletic game jerseys, Wilson Sporting Goods baseball gloves, Louisville Slugger bats, Rawlings baseballs, Stance socks and Herschel bags.

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You can also get your jerseys personalised on-site with the name and number of your choice as well as play VR baseball and get the chance to win tickets to Games 3 and 4 of the 2016 World Series with all flights and hotels included.

Ideal for folks who live their baseball already, or anyone new to the sport. Home Run!

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On Culture: The Wanstead Fringe

This month, Wanstead’s annual Fringe Festival begins its fantastic celebration of some of East London’s most creative residents and venues.

With a more than thirty events taking place venues around Wanstead and beyond – people can enjoy live comedy, open-air cinema, poetry, a vinyl record night, a cult pop quiz,  art exhibitions and much more.

If you’ve not been to Wanstead before, it’s the perfect excuse to hop on the Central Line and head East..

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Wanstead Kinema, c/o Geoff Wilkinson

The literary events are one of the highlights. The CultureJukebox team are looking forward to Aldersbrook resident and Guardian journalist Hugh Muir joining local author John Rogers on a discussion about the changing face of London’s suburbs. The talk will cover place, space and the future of East London.

Locals are also looking forward to some of the live music – with East London rising stars Recoupes and Luna Blaze (Tues 13th) at the brilliant Wanstead Tap. Finally, a live acoustic night in the Manor House sees Wanstead-based acts take to the stage in a  special event called  Keep your Freak Flag Flying.

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Other eclectic events include nocturnal photography walks, a guided gardening tour and yoga among the trees. There’s also a cornucopia of events for families, children and particularly foodies..

.. in fact, some of Wanstead’s best independent eateries are offering food and menus at a discount, as part of Wanstead Restaurant Week. With this summer’s arrival of Bombetta, The Ginger Pig and a beautiful new greengrocer alongside some of the area’s old foodie-favourites doing great business – it’s a brill time to visit the area.

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Bombetta

For more information on The Wanstead Fringe, see here: https://wansteadfringe.wansteadium.com/

On Culture: Sheffield’s Brilliant Off The Shelf Festival

The CultureJukebox team spent some time in Sheffield earlier this year, and was great to see so much energy and ambition around the culture, places and spaces.

So, it was great to receive a press release earlier today about the Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2016. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, having established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative cultural festivals.

The 2016 has an outstanding line-up of heavyweight guests and contributors including; Nick Clegg, Tracey Borman, Kid Acne, Tony Robinson, John Pilger, Alan Johnson, Carol Morley and a UK first –  ‘It’s Raining Words!’

There are also appearances from Nick Hornby, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst. An illustrated talk charting the dramatic history of Sheffield’s brewing industry from 1750 onwards also looks like a treat for all real ale fans.

 “The Festival aims to provide a glittering, eclectic and accessible programme that is not only hugely enjoyable but does make you think. In 2016 we achieve a quarter of a century of celebrating the spoken and written word with a festival whose aim is to speak to everyone.  We love welcoming our local and regional supporters and look forward to the increasing number of people who seek out the festival, and are keen to join us at any one of our 200 events.” ~ Maria de Souza, Arts Officer at Off the Shelf.

 

 

Read more about the festival here.

 

On Ideas: The Cambridge Ideas Festival

Was great to receive an email from the Cambridge Ideas Festival – the event returning for its ninth year – tackling the theme of movement.

It tackles some of the most pressing global challenges we face, from migration to human trafficking to Brexit and more.

This year the Festival, which runs from 17 – 30 October, features a number of leading thinkers and innovators, including Fiona Hill, Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff, lead author of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and author of A Modern Response to Modern Slavery Report; Professor of International History David Reynolds; Developer and Founder of Skype, and co-founder of The Future of Life Institute and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Jaan Tallin; Europol Director Rob Wainwright; Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Tuesday Reitano; Director of the UK Intersex Association Dr Jay Hayes-Light; and award-winning Guardian correspondent Luke Harding.

Bookings open at the end of this month, details are on the Facebook page here.

At the heart of this year’s Festival is the theme of ‘movement’, which encompasses some of the great movements in history, technology, art, politics, music and people. The movement of people and in particular migration has been a major topic over the last year, making the headlines of every major newspaper on a daily basis.

“The role of the Festival of Ideas is to challenge people’s thinking and the status quo. With movement and changes across the globe now happening at a dramatic rate, we want to ensure that areas which affect our lives are being properly questioned and explored. A core aim of the Festival is to share with the public, in a two-way process, some of the incredible research and thinking that is happening in Cambridge and beyond across disciplines and institutions. We very much encourage audience participation and their questions. Every year, we welcome thousands of people to hundreds of events, including talks, debates, performances, films and exhibitions. This year, we look forward to doing the same.” ~  this year’s Festival, Coordinator, Malavika Anderson

The Festival sponsors and partners are Cambridge University Press, St John’s College, Anglia Ruskin University, RAND Europe, Microsoft Research, Cambridge Assessment, University of Cambridge Language Centre, Arts Council England, University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, Cambridge Junction, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Festival media partner is BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

More information is available here.

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