Psychologist and author Philippa Perry takes a break from writing her next book, the future classic 'Families and How to Survive Them' to come to The Also Festival to talk to us about our dreams. Let's be clear, we're talking here about the ones we actually have - at night - alone - and most probably in bed. Yes, she'll be leading this session to help us understand what those night-time adventures are telling us, and how you can get the most ouf ot them.
Multi-sensory experiences have been something we've always played with since the beginning of The Also Festival and for those of you who have enjoyed this element of the festival, we wanted to allow you to go a little bit deeper. So we will be putting on a perfume making workshop with the leading UK perfumier Sarah McCartney who created 4160 Tuesdays where we explore the ideas of gender and scent. All genders welcome!
If a cappella is your bag, join the in festival choir for The Also Choir session, you're in for a lot of fun. This session is led by one of the best in the business, the leading vocal coach for TV's megashow The Voice, Juliet Russell. Learn a song in the morning, then perform together in harmony, as part of a very special candlelight "happening" during Saturday night. Bring your noise to this unique Also Festival Experience. All welcome, and we really mean, all are welcome.
What can we say? We've loved Theoretical Physics since the big bang beginnings of Also, and we have to keep up our momentum (physics joke, there). So this session is for those who want to go a little bit deeper than we can in the bigger talks. This session is limited numbers with Prof David Tong and allows him to talk about the universe's most beautiful equations. That's right! Beautiful equations!
Capability Brown didn't 'do' colour so we work with our gorgeous in festival florist Petal to the Metal to make the site pop with summer flowers over the weekend. This 'Glamping Bouquets' session is designed for you to create your own extravagant, creative, beautiful bouquets to take away for your tent, (or your friend’s tent), under your gazebo or on your pop up table meaning your weekend can begin with flowers of your own creation to take away and keep for the weekend.
Want to wear flowers in your hair? Our in festival florist Petal to the Metal is running a workshop to work with the most beautiful high summer flowers to create a headpiece or coursage for you or a special person in your festival life. Really get to grips with the artistry of flowers as costume in this session, and learn how to use nature as form part of your festival outfit. Glorious.
Combrook resident runner John Wade, stalwart of the Stratford on Avon Park Run will be leading anyone who wants to join in a gentle 4k run around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside beginning and ending right slap bang in the Also Festival site. If you want to join him (or wave him off) please meet at information at 8am.
Visual person? Join renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry as she leads us through a guided visualisation, one she has designed specifically for the Also Festival.
From framing to filters, from available light to narrative and anticipation photographer and director Christian Banfield explains, instructs and gets you working yourself towards getting better shots from that incredible piece of kit in your pocket. Threaded through the festival will be opportunities to expand your knowledge of photography and practise what you have learned with your camera through via mini workshops and practical sessions designed to help would be David LaChapelle's to benefit from Christian's experience and knowledge.
In this revolutinary poetry session Grandmaster of Memory Mark Channon explains how to get a romantic poem out of a silly old book and right in to your noggin - forever. For you to delight others at gatherings for the rest of your life. Guaranteed to give you the gift of poetry. This workshop uses techniques practised by those extreme memory masters to ensure your success.
Based on the acclaimed Professor of Psychology Clay Routledge's Fountains of Youth study which revealed time spent thinking about your past made you more optimistic about your future we present the first ever UK nostalgia work outs. If 1975 - 1985 was a defining era for you - come and indulge yourself in your past with us. With Salon London's Helen Bagnall.
This session is designed to get you back in touch with your inner artist. Based on the work of Paul Thek ("we are all artists," so said Joseph Beuys) this hour session will delve in to who you are and use your unique approach and experience to create art. A mixture of biography, experience, beliefs and artistic talent - festival goers on this workshop will design, build, sculpt and create. Inner Artist will be led by Susan Supercharged, an Artist/ Lecturer who grew up in the exciting and precarious New York City East Village Art Scene. She studied painting and performance at such places as The Arts Students League and Stella Adler acting studios. Susan Supercharged appeared in one of the last Andy Warhol projects at the Factory ,and she worked as a Fashion model where she was known for filming with her Super 8 camera as she went down the runway. Many of these films inform her current practise. Susan relocated to London in 1997, forming an Art Collective in Shoreditch. She continues to explore questions of distorted identity through collaged commercialism, pyschogeography,and assumed advertising. These hybrid terrains are filmed, photographed, cut up and painted. Her last piece “The Unbearable Automaticity of Being” was a large multi media installation of Susan Supercharged’s Space Pod/ Space Camp crash landing in a Soho Car Park. She will be showing at Venice Biennale 2017 in the group Show “ Empire II ".
Learn to perfom incredible memory feats from the Grand Master of Memory himself Mark Channon. Remebering names, dates, tasks, a new way of unnerving your friends and family - whatever your motivation - your memory can be greatly improved if you know what you're doing. See you there. Don't forget.
Art Macabre inject a lethal dose of curiosity and theatricality into drawing and mark making. Founded in 2010 and directed by Nikki Shaill, over the past seven years Art Macabre has inspired thousands of participants to pick up a pencil and explore the darker side of arts. Imaginative themes, diverse models and subjects, unique locations and cultural collaborators set Art Macabre apart from your average life drawing experience. Fleeing Hackney for the weekend to the elysian fields of the Also Festival - Art Macabre are curating two stunning life drawing events - to which you are all invited. Pens at the ready.
We'll be celebrating iconic singers and songwriters in pop up choir sessions throughout the weekend. If you fancy a vocal work out to Kate Bush, Prince, David Bowie or Aretha Franklin, you'll be led by fantastic singers and vocal coaches to help you unleash your inner icon.
Art Macabre invites you to draw together at an intimate life drawing salon. London's leading theatrical life drawing company present theatrical tableaux vivants to inspire you to get creative. Don't be shy! Sketch our nude models as they dare to reveal all and express yourself in pencil and charcoal. Pssst...do you dare to bare all in the name of art? Always wanted to give life modelling a try? Art Macabreare recruiting volunteer models if you want to tick it off your bucket list and get naked in nature with them!
Illustrator Liz Temperley designs with the aim to make you smile combining her vibrant watercolour painting with witty captions. She puts brush to paper and sells her wares internationally but she also enjoys teaching to inspire others most recently with classes at Anthropologie and Oh Comely Magazine. She’ll teach you the basics of watercolour painting in an informative and inspirational way, catering to every need whatever your skill level. You will explore different techniques, colour & form but most importantly the main objective is to have fun!
A surprise that always draws kids keen to have a go. Our resident DJ Vertigo passes the magic on to kids who are curious how to DJ in a rapid fire have-a-go environment. Learn to beatmix and get any dancefloor eating out of the palm of your hand.
It wouldn't be Also Festival without us providing the chance to build some kind of powered machinery. So hurrah for Dr Adam Baker, Senior lecturer in Space Engineering and Astronautics at Kingston University and general expert on building rockets and lanching them in to Also Festival air space in a very safe and very controlled way. Come and spend an hour building, testing and flying a working rocket powered using water and compressed air alone. And there's a prize for whoever launches their rocket the furthest! Dare to have a go? 10.....9.......8.....
Want to learn how to make your own little wire sculpture? Artist and sculptor, Zack McLaughlin from Paper & Wood will be at ALSO to teach you how to use specialist tools and manoeuvre the wire to create your very own delicate wire creature. All of the equipment supplied, just bring yourself and your creativity.
Lyengar yoga teacher and acclaimed perfumier, Sarah McCartney will lead a Scented Yoga session on the Friday evening to kickstart your ALSO weekend.
Planning on going to the Kidnight Beast and don't have a costume? Want a costume to help you blend in to the surroundings, or simply need fur to run round literally like an animal? Come to our Beasts Costume Workshop to make your ears, tail, horns, snout or fur covering.
In this incredible wine tasting session leading misanthropic Frenchman Marcel Lucont suggests which wines should be drunk with the more unusual philosophical situations you might find yourself in. Drawing on his own experience and philosophy of life he'll explain what to take to a party held by people you despise, and what to drink to make you seem more successful at life even though you are British. This is a wine tasting session unlike any other - Also Festival style.
In this hour long treasure hunt of song lyrics, key lyrics from famous songs will be acted out around the festival site. It's up to you to decipher the lyrics being acted out in front of your very eyes, and the song it comes from. Imagine a man in leopard skin jeggings in a boat zipping across the lake with his sails a-flutter. It's Rod Stewart's 'I Am Sailing'. Simple!