On Trends: Personalisation and Crafting your own Chivas Regal whisky

The CultureJukebox team is always on the look-out for trends that way we see the world around us, so it was intriguing to spot the Chivas Regal space that’s opened up in East London. A real-world demonstration of classic craft, making, and personalisation.

It offers people the chance to craft their very own blended Scotch whisky under the guidance of experts in an intimate setting in Shoreditch.


Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky (we did not realise that!) and has launched The Blend. This space is an exclusive whisky bar and ‘Art of Blending’ experience.

The Blend offers a unique opportunity to create your own bespoke, blended whisky. Each experience offers an Art of Blending’ session from Chivas Regal whisky experts.

It’s a chance to learn about the heritage, history and origins of single malt and grain whiskies, tasting examples from Speyside, Islay, the Highlands and Lowlands as well as delicate grain Scotch whisky.

It’s always good to learn too! On this experience you see how the spirit is ‘blended’ to create the distinctive Chivas Regal house style.

And here’s one of the best bits: everyone can create and take home your very own blended whisky to enjoy too!

Follow the hashtag #MyChivasBlend for more information. The experience is taking place at the Truman Brewery (91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR) and is open until December 4th. Check out the website for more information here.


On Internet Culture: Looking Forward To The Web Summit

The CultureJukebox team are hyped to be attending this year’s WebSummit in Lisbon. We are going to be writing about new digital trends, social enterprise and the intersection of the internet and popular culture.

Drop us a line if you are heading to Lisbon too! jukeboxjournalist@gmail.com

More than 7,000 UK attendees will join more than 40,000 others from 165 different countries at this year’s Web Summit.

It takes place between November 7th and 10th, more details are here. The UK attendees include 100 startup companies, 108 speakers, 167 investors and 306 journalists.

Over the three day event, UK attendees will look to promote the growing technology sector in the UK with 12 startups participating in START, Web Summit’s programme for high potential startups. UK Investors will also participate in Investor office hours which gives them the opportunity to meet with hundreds of startups while 108 speakers will participate across Web Summit’s 15 conference stages.


We can’t wait for things to start! See you there #WebSummit


On Culture: Napapijri brings nature and urban culture together

The CultureJukebox team were invited to a special Napapijri event in London’s Shoreditch this week, a remarkable expression of the brand’s values and launching its AW16 collection.

A truly immersive event, the night brought together striking light installations, unforgettable video & projections and a breathtaking musical performance from four international pianists sat at grand pianos.


The sound and visuals were all powerful, inspired by nature and passionate explorers, celebrating tribe of individuals who see the world with a thoughtful mind and an artful touch.

The space was designed by VJ artist Heleen Blanken, four concert pianists played Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato on four raised grand pianos. The pianists – Fred Oldenburg, Irene Russo, Sandra van Veen and Jeroen van Veen – are all internationally celebrated for their work, and to be surrounded by the four performing together was an elevating adventure.


While the music played, the musicians and audience were enveloped by Heleen Blanken’s video artwork, enabling each art-venturer to interpret their own fantastic sonic journey through the various themes: the forest, the starry skies, the mountain and shelter. Like Napapijri itself, Heleen Blanken’s artwork is concerned with the discourse between industrial destruction and the beauty of nature; the urban and the wild. Guests were invited to lie down in the comfort of the Napapijri experience as the music rose and swelled around them, transporting them into the four simultaneous harmonious worlds.

Of course, the event was also live streamed through Napapijri’s Facebook channel, allowing consumers in other countries to join in with the evening online. There’s loads more information on Napapijri’s website here.


On Art: Meng Zhou’s 0.064g – an exploration of silk and cocoon

The CultureJukebox team are looking forward to 0.064g – an exhibition of new work by Chinese artist Meng Zhou.

Curated by Yusi Xiong, this is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London. Featuring sculpture, painting, mixed-media work and video installation, the show presents alternative concepts for thinking about the individual’s relationship with both social and ecological environments, striking a balance between private and public, micro and macro – through the intriguing exploration of silk and cocoon.

(It’s an interesting time for Chinese cultural connections in the UK, as we’ve heard the British Council’s Creative Economy team are currently looking for UK maker spaces to host Shenzen talent. More information on that here.)

Here’s what the 0.064g  show preview has to say:

Zhou is of a generation that has formed its personalities and beliefs during a period of shifting social and economic circumstances, and through a boom in the availability of information and technology. Deeply engaged in the process of artistic creation, the contested notion of metamorphosis, and the becoming of oneself within a social environment, the artist consistently presents his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility towards introspective concerns – which he has described as “being incubated and oppressed at the same time.”

0.064g collects these viewpoints and theories, on one hand presenting the artist’s personal narratives, mythologies and specific phenomenology, on the other representing the exploration of individual choices and potential within society through the notion of cocoon.


The show is taking place at the Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH. It is open from October 26th to November 6th. More information is here.


On Travel: Generator wins Best Youth Accommodation Award

The CultureJukebox team are big fans of the experience-led Generator hostel group, and this week it picked up the award for Best Youth Accommodation at the 2016 Global Youth Travel awards.

It was the second year in a row for the group, well deserved too.  It was voted for by more 5,000 young travellers. They gave their thumbs-up to the Generator team, that is disrupting the traditional hostel and hotel model through a curated, design and experience led approach to shared accommodation.

“We are pleased to be recognised by our travellers once again as the ‘Best Youth Accommodation Provider’. We are passionate about the customer experience, as we strive to offer the most exciting design and experience led hospitality with a strong connection to local culture.

With Amsterdam, Stockholm and Rome having opened this year, we are continuing our rapid expansion and look forward to opening our first US Generator in Miami South Beach next year, with an exciting new property in Madrid to follow – continuing to spread #Genlove across Europe and beyond.” ~ Fredrik Korallus, CEO of Generator 

We are now planning our next trip. Watch this space

On Culture: Songs For The End Of The World

The CultureJukebox team are huge fans of the Battersea Arts Centre’s creative and forward-thinking programming, and it’s great to hear about a brilliant sounding new show – Songs For The End Of The World.

The production is unique blend of sci-fi, comic-book thinking and concept album; all inspired by Philip K Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel Dr.Bloodmoney and the futuristic star-gazing world of Ziggy Stardust

A link to more information on the show is here. And here is what the flyer has to say:

Welcome to New Albion, a near-future post-brexit, austerity Britain, owned and controlled by mega-corporation New Global. While some predict a Biblical Armageddon, many are simply preparing for the end.

When the apocalypse arrives, hapless astronaut Jim Walters is suspended in orbit on his journey to another life on Mars, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth, in the hope that someone might hear…

Promising a music gig meeting epic theatre, it’s from the genius mind of theatre-maker Dom Coyote and his high-octane band the Bloodmoneys.


Dom Coyote has written and performed music for some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies. A long standing collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre, he performed in Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall in the epic Don Jon as well as in Cymbeline (RSC) and  A Matter of Life and Death (National Theatre).

The Bloodmoneys have toured and recorded with Scissor Sisters, Beth Orton, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp and Tinie Tempah. Check out the trailer and book tickets on the BAC website here.

On Culture: The Waldorf Project is back

The Waldorf Project: Chapter Three / FUTURO is returning to London in its biggest and most ambitious incarnation yet. Chapter Three / FUTURO will guide participants through the vast abyss, manipulating their emotions and responses in a genre-defying, multi-sensory experience – expressed in a universe of black and white alone.

One of the CultureJukebox team’s favourite London creative crews – this is a truly expansive immersive experience. Not to be missed.

The event is take place at Here East, London’s home for making, is – as a hub for entrepreneurs and pioneers of technology – the perfect stage for The Waldorf Project’s latest Chapter, presenting a world full of intrigue and wonder, unimaginable even to the most seasoned of Waldorf Project devotees.


The Waldorf Project is staged under the concept of the Japanese emotion ‘AMAE’, meaning ‘a temporary surrender in perfect safety’. As in its previous chapters, The Waldorf Project unites the most pioneering practitioners in the worlds of environment design, product design, sound design, choreography, costume and textile design, and gastronomy, engendering through the birth of a new art form a rare synergy.


Orchestrated and directed by artist Sean Rogg, the experience takes place between individual stages, or environments (each creating a new emotive synchronisation of taste, sound, touch and sight), participants will be immersed in the void of the cathedral-like sensation. Lost in the vacuum, they will be guided to move both as individuals and as a newly formed cumulative organism. Using exciting technologies and emotional manipulation, The Waldorf Project will explore new ways of implementing its algorithmic methods to manipulate the group, as developed in previous chapters; the ‘organism’, by interacting with its environment, will, ultimately, bring it to life and even learn to control it.

“We are not thinking beings that feel; we are feeling beings that think” ~ Antonio Domasio, Professor of Neuroscience, University of California


“Those attending the experience will have their minds opened to the fanciful and phenomenal possibilities envisaged by preceding generations, before worldly pressures took over and stifled such thinking. By taking our guests on a journey, guided by their senses and interactions with hosts and fellow guests, we aim to satiate their inquisitiveness of these progressive worlds. Upon entering and experiencing Chapter Three / FUTURO, the environment we all live our daily lives in may seem a little humdrum to the initiated” ~
artist, Sean Rogg

The Waldorf Project: Chapter Three / FUTURO runs for nine nights, Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th November and Tuesday 15th – Sunday 20th November 2016.

For further information and for tickets visit www.waldorfproject.com


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.


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.


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.”


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.”

For more information, .

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.


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

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