On Culture: War Child Film Festival 2017

The CultureJukebox team are passionate about doing good and great films, so it was brilliant to be contacted by War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, that’s launching its inaugural War Child Film Festival.

The event is in partnership with Everyman Cinemas and combines cinematic previews and premieres with live events, Q&As, panel discussions and performances; all to raise money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

The eclectic programme will include special events curated by bands, radio stations, record labels, cultural publications as well as live performances, DJs and more. It takes place in venues across London from the 25 September to 6 October: www.ourscreen.com/warchildfilmfestival

Highlights include an exclusive screening of Purple Rain, providing an opportunity to watch the legend Prince’s Acting debut in the awesome East London rave-den Oval Space.

For those who want to keep their finger firmly on the pulse the screening of the UK Music Video Awards preview showcase at the Ham Yard Theatre combines exclusivity and eloquence in equal measure.

The festival will also host special events such as DJ sets and parties curated by the acts and cultural publications across the festival including artistic collective Last Night In Paris, who will also be performing live at Everyman Screen on the Green.

The festival will culminate in a screening of Floating Points’ ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ and a closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.

War Child has a rich heritage in innovative musical partnerships and has been harnessing the power of music to change lives since 1995 with the launch of the HELP Album.

100% of the profits from the tickets sold will fund War Child’s crucial work providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

War Child works in seven countries including Yemen where the conflict has had devastating consequences for children there. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies and more than 2.2 million children are malnourished.

Follow the news via the hashtag #warchildfilmfestival

On Culture: Hull 2017 reveals Tell the World season

The CultureJukebox team have been really impressed with the work going on in Hull, throughout the City’s capital of culture year. So it’s great to read about the wonderful new season of programming Tell the World.

Running from October to December,  Tell the World brings theatre and live performance, literature, visual art, festivals, spectacle and more. There are events and activities across the city to entertain, challenge and bring people together, cementing Hull‘s reputation as a cultural destination, with a profile that is growing nationally and internationally.

New commissions with Hull Truck Theatre include The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca, written by the award-winning actor and writer Maxine Peake, a site-specific commission that will take place at Hull‘s historic Guildhall, and a brand new play by acclaimed writer James Graham (This HouseInkPrivacy, The Vote), a behind the scenes comedy about the City of Culture year, which is due to open in 2018. Hull Truck Theatre also has the world premiere of award-winning writer Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of the best-selling novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, directed by Mark Babych.

Visual art includes Turner Prize 2017 at Ferens Art Gallery, which runs until 7 January 2018, with awards night on 5 December. A partnership with international photography co-operative Magnum sees Martin Parr and Olivia Arthur‘s photographic study Hull, Portrait of a City at Humber Street GalleryBritish Council and Royal Institute of British Architects are partners for the spectacular Look Up public art commission, A Hall for Hull, in historic Trinity Square.Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hulla Principal Partner, presents works from the Government Art Collection inAn Eyeful of Wry.

Martin Parr: Hull, Portrait of a City

A Hall For Hull

Hull 2017’s commitment to innovative and experimental new work, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence, sees the culmination of the epic year-long project Slung Low‘s pioneering multi-format Flood, as well as Blast Theory‘s landmark 2097: We Made Ourselves Over and curious directive‘s virtual reality project Frogman, which has just premiered in Edinburgh.

Also embracing technology are virtual reality wizards Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose A Colossal Wave is a major partnership commission with the British Council and Partenariat du Quartier Spectacle, Montreal, and the world renownedJason Bruges Studio work their innovative light-based magic in Hull‘s Old Town with Where Do We Go From Here?a new art installation that runs into January 2018.

Following its £16 million rebuilding programme, the newly opened Hull New Theatre‘s first season includes work from Opera NorthNorthern Ballet and National Theatre, plus The Kings of Hull, a world premiere from John Godber.

Tell the World builds on the city’s strong literary heritage with an unprecedented number of nationally renowned as well as local writers, poets and spoken word artists coming together for a variety of events to suit all tastes and ages. Kicking it off, on National Poetry Day (28 September), Contains Strong Language, produced by the BBC alongside Hull‘s own Wrecking Ball Press and the annual Humber Mouth festival, plus many other partners, is the UK’s biggest poetry and spoken word festival.

Running alongside this exciting new event is Out of this Word, a month-long showcase of top writers, poets, playwrights, artists and musicians from across the UK, being presented by Hull 2017 Principal Partner, East Riding of Yorkshire Council. In November Hull Noir celebrates the best of British and international crime fiction and also host the prestigious Iceland Noir from Reykjavik.

Hull Noir

Returning and continuing events include Back to Ours, the popular festival of music, performance, film, art and circus brought to the heart of local communities; the Creative Communities Programme, which has seen 60 projects across the city; and the No Limits learning programme, which has ensured that every school child in Hull has had the opportunity to take part in the City of Culture year.

Tell the World also reflects on how Hull is redefining itself, celebrating the qualities that make it a fabulously unique city. In December Substance brings together artists, thinkers, commentators and creative mavericks and visionaries for a weekend of art, performance and debate that focuses on Hull and the North’s future as a dynamic cultural and creative powerhouse.

The lovingly restored 1960s Vintage Mobile Cinema is also coming to Hull as part of the This Way Up film exhibitors’ conference (7-8 November), including documentary shorts from the British Council/Scottish Documentary Institute Storiesprogramme, which, since 2011, has trained filmmakers from countries as different as Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and Syria, in the art of creative documentary; First Acts: bold, daring expressions of creativity, delivered in short film form by young artist filmmakers. Commissioned by the Random Acts Network for Arts Council England and Channel 4; New Animated Shorts from the UK, curated by Abigail Addison; One Minute: artists’ films, curated by Hull based artist Kerry BaldryFlare Films: from a British Council international touring programme in partnership with BFI Flare.

For more information: https://www.hull2017.co.uk/

On Culture: We Are Now – UK’s only performance & creative technology festival

The CultureJukebox team are always reporting in new developments in art and tech – so great to hear about We Are Now coming to London in September, a live events that explores the creative use of technology in the performing arts to create sensory experiences for audiences.

The team showcase emerging companies alongside established names to offer a platform to artists pushing the boundaries of their specialism, to develop their work and professional networks and pioneer new methods of immersive experience.

The September event takes place on the 1st & 2nd and is an eclectic programme of boundary pushing theatre by the best of emerging and established companies, free interactive installations, 1-1 immersive virtual reality performance, an interactive audio theatre adventure and an arresting and electric late night show that harnesses the sonic capabilities of the Tesla Coil.

Find out more: https://www.wearenowfestival.com/

On Trends: From Crufts to Craft – beers and man’s best friend

The CultureJukebox team have long been fans of long walks in the country, and enjoying a good ale in the process too.

So, with the number of UK breweries rising and the craft beer trend showing no sign of stopping – it’s great to spot a new trend in UK brewing. Beer for those who love their walking and their dogs.

Nowhere is this more true than in Langdale in the Lake District, which is dubbed by aficionados as the best beer garden in the world. Could it be true? Well, it’s certainly a contender, with more and more beer fans taking their dogs into pubs and sampling some high quality local ales.

Lake District: why not go off-grid for a beer?

Research comes Flogas, specialists in LPG gas tank installation for pubs in remote locations off-grid, who know how to traverse the Lake District with man’s best friend as well as stopping for a few tasty beers along the way.

Here’s their recommended route:

To begin, why not climb the pyramid-shaped mountain that is Bowfell, the sixth-highest mountain in the Lake District and one of the most popular. From here, you can continue along Crinkle Crags to Cold Pike and then finish at Pike O’ Blisco, which will lead you back down to the bottom of the valley again. Once you’ve reached the bottom, it’s time to take your dog to the best-dog friendly pubs in the area.

New Dungeon Ghyll

The first pub you’ll come across is the New Dungeon Ghyll, offering real ales and craft beers such as Westmorland Gold, a Golden Ale brewed in the heart of the Lake District by Barngates Brewery; there will also be a doggy bowl waiting in the Walker’s Bar for when they get thirsty as well.

Sticklebarn

From here, you can re-fuel again at Sticklebarn, which isn’t a far walk from the New Dungeon Ghyll. As it’s a National Trust pub, the Sticklebarn ensures that all its meals are prepared freshly on the premises, whilst stocking real ales on top alongside speciality bottled beers.

This pub is perfect for well-behaved dogs, as well as muddy dogs! Dog towels, water bowls, and doggy treats are all provided here, and there is even a special doggy menu for when you’re enjoying a pint of real ale.

Wainwrights Inn

From here, you can take a 40-minute walk down the valley towards Wainwrights Inn, another dog-friendly pub that serves Coniston, a local brewery based in Cumbria. Try the Coniston Bluebird Bitter – an exceedingly pale beer that has a hint of colour.

Balanced by a biscuity malt, the challenger hops provide this beer with an orange fruit aroma that balances the flavour; a perfect example of how locally brewed ales from microbreweries come to life in local pubs across your fell hike!

With eight pubs now benefitting from the microbrewery phenomenon, it’s easy to see how this new trend has emerged within the Lake District. With over 30 microbreweries creating the best of what the Lakeland region has to offer in terms of real ales, pubs across the Lake District are now benefitting from being dog friendly, as well as serving the most unique beers and flavours available.

So, what’s your favourite dog friendly pub? Let Flogas know, or message the CultureJukebox team in the comments here or via social media. Cheers!

On Film: Spoof Sleuth Mindhorn is the main Manx

One of the comedy film highlights of 2017? It’s certainly up there in the opinion of the CultureJukebox team..

Mindhorn is from the esteemed Mighty Boosh alumni, and it shows. It’s got a twisted, rooted and distinctively British sense of humour.

The premise has shades of Bergerac, and a few nods to Alan Partridge – but still feels fresh and original. In short, a washed-up actor, who previously played a top TV detective, is called back to the Isle of Man to solve a real-life crime. A murder enquiry no less.

Mindhorn sees this as his opportunity to get back into the big time. But, obviously, not all goes to plan.

Co-writers, regular collaborators and stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby joust from beginning to end. Always great value, some of the scenes are as unpredictable as the Isle of Man’s weather. It’s a pretty mad film  in all honesty, but one that knows its audience.

Barratt is in the middle of everything. If you like his work, you’ll love this film. Particularly his fondness for capoeira.. But there’s something that stays with you in this picture. It explores fear of failure, the sense of opportunities missed and bad decisions made. Relatable.

Final hat-tip to the Isle of Man, which does look (perhaps surprisingly) wonderful in this film. It’s out on DVD on September 4th. Buy it from HMV here.

 

On Immersion: Secret Theatre Comes to London

The CultureJukebox team have always had their finger on the pulse of new immersive experiences, so intriguing to hear about Secret Theatre coming back to the capital.

Secret Theatre: Project Mayhem

Project Mayhem follows a sell-out, critically acclaimed, immersive site specific production of “Hell Hath No Fury, From Dusk Till Dawn” in both London and Hong Kong, and this summer the team are back with a new secret show in central London.

The new show is an interactive adaptation of one of modern history’s most twisted tales of fraternity, violence and all-out psychological warfare. Project Mayhem will completely engulf its guests as part of the set and story, encouraging them along the way to interact with the characters and carefully-created surroundings.

Here’s the trailer to whet the appetite. Promising a wild theatrical ride..

It runs until August 21st. Organisers promise to transport audiences to an underground to a secret world, there’s more information (albeit suitably cryptic) and ticket details here:  https://www.secretstudiolab.com/home + there’s even a special Project Mayhem hotline too.. Call 07583465494

On Festivals: This Summer’s New Festival Experiences – Tickets Still Available!

This summer’s festival season is in full swing, and if you’re still thinking about where to go, who to see and what to do then you’re in luck. Because there’s some epic and super creative festivals still to come this summer. But more than music, people are now looking for the right experience. Sure, they want great content for their social feeds (who doesn’t?) but what really matters is what’s different. What is feedworthy? This means unexpected collaborations, big ideas and where music, fun & stories collide.

So, what can you still get tickets for?

Happy Kanye, at Bestival – increase the peace

Standing over seven metres tall on a rainbow plinth at the epicentre of Cuckoo Clump, Happy Kanye will be bold and beautiful, a beacon of positivity encouraging Bestival-goers to step into the rainbow and celebrate our togetherness. And, just like in real life inside Kanye’s head is where the magic happens. A full interactive art experience, once inside it’s down to you to unify with your fellow party people and channel positive vibrations to the world. Let us know how you think you can increase the peace with Happy Kanye! It’s one of many Bestival highlights, which also includes Jamie T, Danny Brown, The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Dizzee Rascal and many more big names and dance legends.

More info: bestival.net

Beer Freedom – at London Craft Beer Festival

This summer marks the fifth birthday of London Craft Beer Festival, taking place at the Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, on the first weekend of August. Much more than a regular beer festival, this is more a carnival of beer –

with almost 50 of the world’s finest breweries coming to East London for the event. This is a festival with a pretty unique ‘all in’ ticket, means you get total freedom to try what you want. So, what about the music? Hot Chip, Foals, Norman Jay MBE and Olugbenga from Metronomy are among the artists playing.

More info: blondoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Houghton Festival – fusing music, art & sculpture

Produced by the critically acclaimed Gottwood Festival team, Houghton is set to be the UK’s only summer festival that fuses art, music and sculpture, whilst its licence uniquely allows musical programming of both sunset and sunrise. Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, Seth Troxler, Hercules & Love Affair, Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO and Horse Meat Disco are among the huge names on the decks – this festival looks pretty special. Takes place between August 10th and 13th.

More info: www.houghtonfestival.co.uk

Way Out West – Join The Green City

Now established as one of Europe’s music festival highlights, Way Out West is also one of its most environmentally sound. This year’s theme is Green City, a continuation of the festival’s long-term commitment to environment issues. It has a meat and fish free food ethos, and is taking big steps to drastically reduce its carbon footprint. But it’s not all about saving the world, there’s also partying to be done. Frank Ocean headlines, with The xx, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer, PIXIES, Young Thug and other stellar talent playing too.

More info: wayoutwest.se 

Music, tech & art in a 15th century castle – Romania’s Electric Castle

Franz Ferdinand, Paul Van Dyk, Zedd, Unkle, Cassy, and Mike Skinner are among the highlights of Electric Castle 2017. This is a festival that’s completely unique, set within the breathtaking environment of a 15th century castle hosting music, technology and art for a five day adventure basking in the Romanian sunshine. With beers just over £1 within the festival walls ticket holders can expect a 24 hour music policy that welcomes over 130,000 people. Epic experience!

More info: www.electriccastle.ro

Where it all began? LIMF returns

Liverpool is a must-visit destination for music and culture, one of the UK’s most interesting and creative cities. LIMF has helped established the city as a current voice of global music city with an experimental but accessible programme for all. There’s a garage classical set from DJ Spoony, mainstream music from Gorgon City, Corinne Bailey Rae, Naughty Boy, and an incredible line-up of new talent too.

More info: www.limfestival.com

The New Generation Festival – in Florence 

An unprecedented event in the private Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini – a renaissance masterpiece belonging to one of the oldest families in Florence. This festival brings classical and opera music to a new, younger audience in a breathtaking location. Florence is a wonderful city too, an opportunity to see stars of the future in a grand space.

More info: newgenerationfestival.org

Sunfall – celebrate the underground, in London

Delivered by the teams behind London clubs XOYO, The Nest and Phonox – this summer sees the second edition of Sunfall. It’s a festival of two halves. Party together by day, then continue into the night at one of the events many late night club sessions. It is a real celebration of the underground; Sunfall’s music policy reflects the many London sounds and beyond – spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco. Uniquely, it features a Knowledge Arena this year – offering a program of music creation and performance workshops, music focused talks, interviews and discussion with industry professionals and artists.

More info: sunfall.co.uk

Corona Sunsets Festival – turning Greenwich Peninsula into a beach

The team behind the super-fun Corona SunSets Festival are coming back to London this summer. They are turning Greenwich Peninsula into a fully-fledged beach, with 400 tonnes of sand, some huge DJ sets and plenty of cold Corona too. A solid line-up and some epic views, make this a London day festival not-to-be-missed.

More info: coronasunsets.com

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What’s your top festival for the summer? Or is there a big event later this year that brings music, arts, technology and brands together? Let us know, email us on jukeboxjournalist@gmail.com 

Our Neighbourhood: Bare Brew opens in Wanstead

Wanstead is blessed with some of the best places to eat & drink in East London – and the offering has gone up a notch with this summer’s opening of Bare Brew.

Found at number 7 on Wanstead High Street, the cafe has a light and creative feel. More Shoreditch than Snaresbrook really! We’re big fans of the wallpaper (when you see it, you’ll know what we mean…), the super-cool paintwork and design.

Just hanging today…

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Its owned and run by Gemma & Lisa; two women with a passion for coffee, fitness, arts & music.

So, what about the menu? It has awesome Square Mile coffee,  Hans Sloane hot choc, Tea & The Gang teas and daily smoothie specials. Food-wise; there’s tempting cakes, and changing brunch and lunch menus.

It seems like a great place to get some work done too. Has free wifi, USB ports and even offers pre and post workout snacks.  Kids are welcome, there’s board games etc and Bare Brew is really doggy friendly too. There’s plenty of treats for four-legged friends.

The CultureJukebox team will definitely be regulars here.. We think it’ll be a great place for late-opening and live-music too.. Watch this space! Find out more about Bare Brew here.

 

On Culture: Floating Cinema comes to South Ferriby

The CultureJukebox team really believe in democratising film, so it’s great to read about the Floating Cinema making a move from London and reaching a series of interesting locations around England.

The stop-off in South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire, piqued our interest – with the floating cinema stopping off on the beautiful River Ancholme to screen all-time Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard.

The Floating Cinema, 2016 Image: © Hydar Dewachi

The Floating Cinema is led by Up Projects and is being supported by the Canal & River Trust for In Dialogue. This is a free programme of feature films, documentaries and a newly commissioned artwork entitled On the Bench by Leeds based artist, Harry Meadley.

The Floating Cinema, Sunset Boulevard, South Ferriby tour stop

The commission is a series of eight short films by Meadley featuring interviews with individuals that live and work in the eight waterway locations where The Floating Cinema will stop.

The Floating Cinema tour begins on 1 July 2017 and ends on 13th August 2017 – visiting Sheffield, Rotherham, Swinton, Doncaster, Thorne, Goole, South Ferriby and Hull.

For more information and tickets click here.

On Culture: the progressive new intersection of VR and promenade performance

The intersection of art and technology is one of the most interesting creative spaces – so great to hear about progressive new performance WHIST coming to London this month and then touring the UK.

‘WHIST’, created by dance company AΦE, is a new production combining VR with interactive promenade theatre. WHIST incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream theory, WHIST invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, where instincts will be the guide through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears. And you, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

The performance incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Using interactive ‘triggers’ positioned in the virtual world by its makers, WHIST allows for a total of 76 narrative possibilities to exist, creating a unique experience for each viewer. No simple ‘red pill vs. blue pill’ format, WHIST implements interactive elements, subtly woven into the film to effect unconscious decision making.

According to the team behind the show, this puts the production at the very forefront of immersive storytelling innovation – leaving the strings that bind and pull at all times invisible. You, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

So, what are the upcoming dates?

  • Ugly Duck – London
    • 23-25 June 2017
  • Pavilion Dance South West – Bournemouth
    • 3-4 July 2017
  • Colours International Dance Festival – Stuttgart, Germany
    • 6 – 15 July 2017
  • Festival Theatre – Edinburgh
    • 21st July – 3rd August 2017
  • The Old Market – Brighton
    • 19-20 September 2017
  • (further dates to be confirmed)

Check the website for more information: http://www.aoiesteban.com/whist/