MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER
Your regular dose of cultural inspiration from Margaret.
Here we are at the week we’ve all been waiting for. We’re so excited to see our collaborators, partners and friends in arts, culture and hospitality open their doors again. It’s been a truly tough time and the world isn’t out of the woods yet, but today we’re looking to the future and feeling grateful about the positive impact we can create through culture.
SOME INSPIRATION FROM OUR NETWORK AND A TASTE OF WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE COMING WEEKS
Leyla Reynolds, (Illustrator and gal-dem Curator) is looking forward to curating the Bow Arts open call exhibition. The theme she’s set for this year is ‘Aboutface: regroup, reorganise and reimagine’, encouraging works that embody the mood of re-imagination and critique, satirise or provide comment on our current political situation.
Submissions close on 21st June.
Leyla is also looking forward to eating Burrata at Stockton in Deptford.
Rachel Warby at Courier magazine is watching Sonita on Mubi, a documentary about an Afghan activist and rapper, capturing her time as a refugee in Iran. She has also been eating at Oren in Dalston for Mediterranean charcoal grill (yum) perhaps while wearing her Yoko wool slippers.
Our playlist this month has been put together by music and arts journalist Jude Rogers (thanks Jude, for your fantastic piece for The Guardian on Sisters with Transistors!) who has just launched her brilliant new four-part BBC Radio 4 series, A Life in Music. Exploring how music shapes us, Jude has spoken to musicians, neuroscientists, psychologists and music-lovers about how fundamental music is to us all, starting with our early years. She has put together this lovely playlist of songs including all the music that features in the series: personal songs which tell stories for her, moving from childhood to adulthood, plus tracks from all the featured artists that appear within the episodes (Femi Kuti, Nadine Shah, John Grant and Marianne Faithfull).
As we look optimistically to a summer of arts and culture events, our regular Cultural Wildlife round-up finally returns, featuring some of the projects, exhibitions and experiences we’re most excited about seeing in the coming weeks! Read more here.
MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST (MLF)
We’re more than delighted to be welcoming a new client this month, having worked with co-founder Robin McNicholas many moons ago. We’re excited to have them in the Margaret fold and to be working with them as their retained PR agency. Kicking off with a media campaign for their beautiful Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 project, Observations on Being.
Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) create the most amazing, immersive experiences, expanding perception and exploring our connection with the natural world. Fusing architectural tools, contemporary imaging techniques and performance with tactile forms, MLF sculpt spaces that lay dormant until animated by curiosity and exploration. Informed as much by playfulness as research, MLF break the boundaries to worlds beyond our senses.
Observations on Being launches on 22nd June at Charterhouse Heritage Park in Coventry. Head here to book your tickets!
MARGARET X FORA TALKS ON TOAST – VIRTUAL BREAKFAST
Join us for our next virtual breakfast discussion ‘How can we creatively build a sustainable future?’ Presented with Fora and in aid of Magic Breakfast (who provide breakfast for hungry kids before school).
In this talk, we’ll be exploring how we can use our creative voices and consumer power to make a difference, how to be true to this vision and to involve and engage our customers, audiences or followers in a sustainable future.
Full event details can be found here.
MARGARET MEETS: GEORGE LAMB
Impatient to wait till next Thursday to hear him at our talk, Margaret’s budding presenter / producer Eliane caught up with George to have a chat about his social enterprise GROW, which is currently crowdfunding for their next stage of growth.
GROW is an ambitious and urgent response to the accelerating climate emergency, rising obesity levels and poor mental health amongst children and young people in the UK. The GROW mission, which they’re currently trialing at a number of schools, is to create a model for tackling the root causes of these three critically and intrinsically connected issues within schools and communities. Education, empowerment, and access is at its core. Their aim is to see their programme form part of the National Curriculum by 2030.
“GROW for me isn’t actually a figurative thing. It’s not like, “now we sit down and do GROW.” GROW is meant to just encompass all the stuff that makes you feel better about yourself and give you self-belief and a better understanding of where you sit in the world. For me, it’s about weaving GROW into all the stuff that we like doing. If we can manage that, it will be a win.”
What’s your advice for young people on looking after their mental health?
“Get out in nature, that’s number one always. All the answers are out there. You watch the light come through and you hear the animals and you realise that you’re actually part of something much bigger. Everything is going to be alright.”
Why should people support GROW?
“Everybody should know how to grow their own food and look after their mental health.”
To read the full interview head over to our journal here.
THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT: MODERN FILMS
Following its premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Modern Films invites you to meet ‘The Witches of the Orient’, former players of the Japanese national women’s volleyball team. Julien Faraut (director of John McEnroe film In the Realm of Perfection) has created a gripping and playful documentary which tells the story of this legendary squad, who, now in their 70s, have inspired legions of fans and a whole cult genre of manga comics and anime shows, to create a unique sporting and cultural legacy.
The film is premiering in the UK & Ireland on 16 July 2021, just in time for the 2021 Olympic Games, hosted in Japan and will be part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture,
‘The Witches of the Orient’ will open in cinemas nationwide and be available to watch through virtual cinema partners as listed at www.modernfilms.com/watch.
Margaret’s friend and collaborator, sound collector and BBC presenter Nick Luscombe has launched a new summer programme for his unique agency, MSCTY (pronounced mew-zi-sit-ee). The agency creates audio collaborations for physical, tangible and imagined landscapes, seeking new ways of reading the world around us.
Launching in May 2021 is the latest in MSCTY’s ongoing ‘Spaces + Places’ series. Including site-specific music commissions, the series was created in response to different locations around the world. Geolocated at each site, they are also available to listen (and relax) to via www.mscty.space.
In ‘Rochdale Vivification’, industrial-era engineering marvels and sounds collide as Lone Taxidermist, aka Natalie Sharp, presents a sonic response to the Rochdale Canal. The composition, presented in four ‘scenes’, is a sonic journey by bicycle along this industrial-era wonder and the recently fully-reopened link between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge.
Read more here and keep an ear out for more projects taking place through June.
The Margaret team will be running the Outrunners 5K on the 12th June. We’ll be running alongside Birch founder member Tyler Williams Green who set up the charity to give young people in Hackney the starting blocks to succeed, as they grow older with skills such as teamwork, confidence and communication.
All the money we raise from the fun run will go towards setting up the new Outrunners Youth running clubs this summer.
Find out more and sign up here.
Bye for now, see you out there! xx
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