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 they can be an incredible resource to discover how you feel about what's happening in your life. Dreams! Get them working for you!
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. This event was highlighted by Vogue as one of the events of the summer and who are we to argue with Vogue?
Tickets: £25.00 Buy
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 (meet 9pm by the Bonfire). Bring your noise to this unique Also Festival Experience. All welcome, and when we say all are welcome we really mean, all are welcome. Go on - give it a go! You're in the most unbelivably talented hands.
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! This session is now full but David is doing other sessions at Also - don't miss him - check programme for details.
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.
Tickets: £7.00 Buy
We have a lantern parade leading the lighting of the bonfire, led by our friend Alstice the Festival Hare on Saturday night. So we are putting on a lantern making workshop on Saturday morning where we will have all of the materials needed to make sure you can create your own Big Eye Lantern complete with light to follow behind Alstice for all the fun of the parade.
Tickets: £8.00 Buy
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 the Maypole at 8am on the Sunday.
Visual person? Join renowned psychotherapist, Philippa Perry as she leads us through a guided visualisation, one she has designed specifically for the Also Festival. Grab your coffee and find youself a hay bale to sit on and begin the day beautifully as Philippa framed by a fabulous view of the lake as she takes you through her truths and daring visualisation from the floating stage. Designed to encourage, well-being and happiness and enabling you to connect with yourself, with nature, with those you love and indeed the whole world, what could be a better way to start your weekend?
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. This session is now FULLY BOOKED.
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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.
Free, but please book: Book
Inspired by an acclaimed psychological study which revealed time spent thinking about your past made you more optimistic about your future we present the first ever nostalgia work out with psychologist Dr Catherine Loveday. If 1995 - 98 was a defining era for you - from goodbye to John Major and Rumbelows to the launch of the Ford Focus and Geri Halliwell's dress selling at Southebys for £42k - come and revisit the person you were at that time and reap the benefits of indulging your past. This is now fully booked.
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 New York City East Village Art Scene. She studied painting and performance at The Arts Students League and Stella Adler acting studios and appeared in one of the last Andy Warhol projects at the Factory. This is now FULLY BOOKED.
Learn to perfom incredible memory feats from the Grand Master of Memory himself, Mark Channon. Remembering 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. Understand how to use various techniques from memory palaces to priming to actually listening in the first place. See you there. Don't forget. This session is now fully booked.
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. Join us late at night in the Banqueting Hall as Art Macabre takes you on a journey through the mysteries of creation in this exceptional drawing Salon.
Critically acclaimed Art Macabre (their incredibly work has only popped up in The Times today!) are in situ at Also Festival and in this very special session they will invite you to draw together at an intimate life drawing salon. Yes, 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...always wanted to dare to bare all in the name of art? Art Macabre are recruiting volunteer models if you want to tick it off your bucket list and get naked in nature with them!
Free, but please book: Book
Illustrator, Liz Temperley designs with the aim to make you smile combining her vibrant watercolour painting with equally vibrant sense of humour. 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. Liz’ll teach you the basics of watercolour painting in an informative and inspirational way, catering to all skill levels - meaning you can explore different techniques, colour & form in the most beautiful lakeside setting. Blissful.
Tips from the top and with DJ Vertigo in control we mean from the very top. This super successful session always draws kids keen to have a go. Yes, 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. Essential skillz for the next generation of Dave and Davina Doubledecks.
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 the acclaimed design company Paper & Wood will be with us 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 will be supplied, you just need to bring yourself and your creativity. A chance to try something really different in a beautiful setting.
Iyengar yoga teacher and 4160Perfume founder Sarah McCartney magically brings two of her super skills together to lead a Scented Yoga session on the Friday evening to ease in to your ALSO weekend in the most fragrant way.
Free, but please book: Book
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.
Tickets: £5.00 Buy
In this incredible wine tasting session leading misanthropic Frenchman Marcel Lucont suggests which wines should accompany 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, what to serve at a wedding of people of whom you don’t approve, 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. Tickets include philosophy and wines.
Put some theatre and performance on your table with this incredible workshop. The Robin Collective are an award winning experiential and experimental food company who constantly surprise and delight. They're experts in carving Beyonce out of butter, building pools made of Cola and contrstructing sky high gravy fountains. They are bringing to Also Festival their critically acclaimed play-with-your-food workshop, Extreme Garnishing: book on to learn valuable take home skills in molecular cocktailing, napkin aerobics and the correct way to create exploding icing. Nights round yours will never be the same again. 12 +.
Tickets: £15.00 Buy
Yes sir, we have massage, yes Zen Ten Spa, the world’s first therapy suite on wheels, will be at Also offering massage, reiki and aromatherapy treatments in its 5 star luxury spa. Call to book on: 07709 101010 -and we'll aim to have some slots may be available to reserve when on site. Treatments are £10 for 15min tasters or £30 for half-hour full wellbeing therapies and Zen Ten tells us exclusive VIP arrangements are available for those who want a little bit more.
Come along to our drop-in lantern making session led by Susan Watt in the kids' tent. You'll get to make your very own lantern ahead of the procession Saturday evening at Gretaria. £2. All materials provided. Please pay Susan when you arrive.
Nichi Hodgson is an author and journalist and power for good, a former columnist for Men's Health, she regularly contributes to the Guardian, Vice, and the Telegraph on civil liberties and censorship issues, sex and the law, and gender politics. From court-reporting obscenity trials, to getting a nuru massage at a Nevada brothel, Nichi is fearless in the face of misadventure. Her latest book, The Curious History of Dating, from Jane Austen to Tinder form the basis of this incredible fun session in which she explains the dating hacks from history, could the heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two? The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today? Find out with Nichi Hodgson in her Dating Hacks from history workshop - this is free but please book on.
Free, but please book: Book
There has been a rise in Fairtrade and Organic foods but these and other more sustainable markets are a drop in the bigger globalised food system. In this session, join urban community food grower Farook Bhabha to think outside of the (veg) box to imagine and explore the power of food and its ability to have a lasting and far-reaching impact – individually, socially and environmentally.
Join Wildlife Ranger Izzie Spall on an adventure to discover what mini beasts are living in and around Also Festival. From pond dipping to a butterfly safari, followed by getting creative and making a mini beast of your own! Nets and observation trays will be available to share. Meet at the Maypole.
Join Susan Watt and Forest School Leader Vix Powell for the festival's first and therefore very exciting Forest School session. In the woodland fringes of ALSO will be our very own mud kitchen and woodland craft area. Drop in to experience the mud kitchen for very little tots - slightly bigger scamps get to have a go at making their own tree medals. Follow the path to the circle of tree stumps to join in. Meet at the Maypole.
Have you always wanted to be a camp fire starter? If you're 12 + head over to the circle of tree stumps to join Susan Watt and Vix Powell to learn the skills you need to start a camp fire when you need one. Once you've mastered that there will be a chance to practise your sweet skills in the manufacturing of the marshmallow biscuit sandwich. Meet at the Maypole.
Join Yogi, Alexandra Considine Tong for a gentle Sunday morning sundaze salutation session.
Inspired by the all-singing, all-dancing musical ‘La La Land’? Join us in the beautiful Orangery and get step-tap-shuffling like a pro in ALSO’s Tap Dancing Masterclass. You’re never too old to give it a go. N.B. Make sure to bring suitable footwear.
This most iconic of artists and song writers expanded what the world understood about pop music. Come and join singer, composer and vocal coach on The Voice, Juliet Russell. in singing a Bowie classic. Absolutely no experience necessary. Juliet Russell is a singer, composer, choral director and vocal coach for The Voice. She is passionate about inspiring individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity. She has trained Grammy nominees, Brit award winners, MOBO award winners and performed alongside Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, alt-J, Imogen Heap, Seal, Yoko Ono and Boy George
Hear one of Kate Bush's finest songs, broken down into its most intricate parts using only the human voice. Join singer, composer and vocal coach on The Voice, Juliet Russell. in singing a Kate Bush classic. Juliet Russell is a singer, composer, choral director and vocal coach for The Voice. She is passionate about inspiring individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity. She has trained Grammy nominees, Brit award winners, MOBO award winners and performed alongside Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, alt-J, Imogen Heap, Seal, Yoko Ono and Boy George
Prince fused funk, soul, pop and rock in the most spectacular way throughout his groundbreaking career. Celebrate his majesty with a classic early song that cemented his status as one of music's true innovators, with singer, composer and vocal coach on The Voice, Juliet Russell. Juliet Russell is a singer, composer, choral director and vocal coach for The Voice. She is passionate about inspiring individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity. She has trained Grammy nominees, Brit award winners, MOBO award winners and performed alongside Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, alt-J, Imogen Heap, Seal, Yoko Ono and Boy George
Want to have a little something to take away from the festival? Create a personalised ring or broach at our very first Scrabble Jewellery Workshop with The Social's Kate Sullivan. All materials will be provided.
Tickets: £5.00 Buy
Warwickshire Libraries' Young Poet Laureate Emily Stephens will be hosting a variety activities suitable for all ages. Whether you love poetry or perhaps think that it's not for you, you will have fun having a go at book-spine poetry, found poetry and crowd sourced poetry. Find out more about the laureate scheme and how Warwickshire Libraries supports the arts. Finally, take a poem away 'in your pocket'! Runs from 10am-3pm on the Sunday, with the final event and round-up from 2-3pm at the Lake Stage.
How can our senses interact in a way to enhance our experience of classical music? Explore the power of narrative in a dance party/club format with the concert pianist (and the incredible musician we were able to work with for our perfumed lake swim for Also 2016) Chris Lloyd, who will be leading you through this experience together with DJ, Alexander Grunsteidl. From avant-garde classical to afrofunk, to house/techno you will be able to get involved in the narrative, sipping 5 mini cocktails over the session in the pursuit of confusing your brain via your senses. Yes we've gone cross modal crazy again. Why not get involved?
Tickets: £5.00 Buy
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! Meet at The Lake.
Join the procession to the bonfire to hear the herald to the lighting of the bonfire in our very exciting "happening" as the sun heads down on the Also site, led by musical director Juliet Russell.