noun an ALSO festivaler-goer's ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought
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Also Festival Directors and Salon London's Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell will be running through the big ideas and sessions that are featured at ALSO19 to help you choose what you want to see. From thought leadership to forest bathing, via neuroscience, genetics and creativity - this is a whistle stop tour of the ideas of the weekend to help you plan your weekend with us.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Out of the Woods’ – to think when planning we thought Brexit would be over by next July. Ha ha ha ha. To celebrate our theme we welcome the genius that is London’s leading theatrical life drawing company, Art MacCabre who are in the field taking on, fleshing out and making magic with our Out of the Woods. We’ll be exploring Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing Babes!) as our wellness programme uses our wonderful woods that fringe our 50 fabulous acres of Capability Brown parkland to restore our most fabulous selves via forest bathing. Or improve your skillset by joining our most fearless in field perfumier as she runs a ShiNrin Yoku diffuser workshop to bring the forest home.
Argggghhh. If you go down to the lake today – you’re in for a big surprise. We have a Pirate in the field. This Bill Gates recommended Captain of the high seas of doing things differently brings it to the ALSO field – get that side project, hustle, new business idea, new way of working, the thing you have to do – done. And how.
The leading UK behavioural economist Nick Chater has made a startling discovery about the brain - the subconscious doesn't seem to exist. Find out the hows and the whys of this startling new research from the University of Warwick academic.
Clever comedy is a big theme of ALSO19 and Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley are among Britain's busiest comedy writers winning a BAFTA for their work with Charlie Brooker - working with Mitchell & Webb, and just about everybody else. They are the writers behind national treasure TV dimwit Philomena Cunk, worked on the Paddington films, and created the best-selling Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series and are at ALSO to explore the art of comedy writing.
When it comes to unlocking the secrets of success, award-winning Associate Professor of Strategy and behavioural economist at the University of Warwick, Dr Chengwei Liu has run the numbers and cracked the code. He’ll be at ALSO to reveal the number one and most overlooked factor to ensure your limitless success. Warning – there may be equations!
The psychologist is pride of programming place at ALSO 19 with the project we have been waiting for – presenting her brand new for 2019 exploration of the most challenging of all personal relationships – she is daring to put her head in the mouth of ‘the family’ and how we love her for it – the Salon session you’ll wish your parents had gone to and your children will be glad you did.
An indispensable guide from the Senior Editor at WIRED, Victoria Turk will be explaining what a champagne emoji actually means, how to ghost with grace, why you never leave your true friends on 'read', and how to recover from a replyallapocolypse.
Let Head of Policy at KCL and ex Head of Ipsos Mori Bobby Duffy lead us through the latest research into media and decision science to explore the perils of our perception and the power in realising we're wrong about nearly everything.
UCL’s Dr Robert Elliott Smith has 30 years’ experience designing and teaching Artificial Intelligence and his latest research delves into a story of prejudice, questionable ideology, error, and miscalculation, to unveil the dangerous consequences of algorithmic bias on society. Hear how modern scientific perspectives suggest an alternative direction and how we can use algorithms to create a more progressive and unified technological world.
If you go down to the ALSO woods tonight you're in for a big pop up cinema style surprise. Friday - it's a horror show and Saturday is a musical extravaganza - so take your pick, bring your popcorn, get your headphones and watch out for things that go bump or tra la la in the night.
Does it matter what we laugh at? Join Dr Sophie Quirk as she explores the political impact of stand-up comedy, revealing joking’s potential to do harm and the surprising ways in which comedy does us good.
In homage to the late night French talk show, we revisit your Saturday at ALSO. Yes, this is the perfect opportunity to don your best black polo neck and live your best mindwilding life. Our first ever late night review at ALSO will feature special guests and speakers from the festival the day you have had, the sessions you have seen, discussing the big ideas from the day and previewing the Sunday to come.
Everyone is invited to take part in our 'Out of the Woods' Scavenger Hunt. Bonkers clues. Fabulous Fun. Big Prizes.
Firework: Also Festival's Extravaganza featuring London International Choir, The Portobello LIVE choir, the Tribo Brazilian Percussion Band with leading UK vocal coach and Musical Director Juliet Russell. A key festival moment to bring everyone together before the procession to and lighting of the bonfire and the lighting of the Firework. Want to be involved? Join one of the voice sessions led by leading UK vocal coach Juliet Russell or one of the dance sessions by our in festival choreographer Fiona Ring. Want to sit back and be entertained - the rum shack is open for business and tell the kids - this is where the marshamallows are distributed.
This pioneering cardiac surgeon (and author of the Naked Surgeon) sews up the heart of surgery, the health of the nation and the threadbare brilliance of the NHS.
Star of tech and screen – author of ‘Dark Net’, ‘Radicals’, ‘The People vs Tech’ and winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize – author and Demon Think Tank tech, clever clogs Jamie Bartlett leads our programming in our key theme for 2019 – it’s time to grapple with tech and get the world that we want. #Fascinatainment
One simple way to re-connect with nature is to schedule some Wild Reading. We are bonkers about books at ALSO and part of what we do is to connect our guests to books and ideas that will last them until the next ALSO. So to illustrate our love of both, we invite you to take off into the site - set up under a tree, on the banks of the lake or in the summer light and dedicate some time to reading or being read to in nature. A beautiful way to appreciate your home for the weekend.
Be inspired by leading international environmentalist Tony Juniper's sheer wonderment at the world's rainforests and understand how a fight for the rainforests is a fight for planet earth.
The Weekend Papers. An ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us. This ALSO Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session.
Based on 10 years of research, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott is at ALSO to talk about SWAN SONG - a tale of betrayal, society, romance and rupture that moves between the cocktail-soaked Manhattan parties and Capote’s childhood in Depression-era Alabama, capturing a great writer’s meteoric rise and self-destructive fall. A ticketed event in our cocktail lounge - it includes a Gimlet and a copy of Swan Song.Info & Tickets
The award-winning, Reith Lecture delivering historian Margaret MacMillan will be with us at ALSO to help us understand our relationship with history. Understanding history has an increasingly important in our secular society - it offers something beyond being human beings, she believes and is an authority with an essential role to play.
It’s all about the moon, the moon, the moon in 2019. Who was the first person in space – Yuri Gagarin of course – wait – if you’re American – you think it’s John Glen. Looks like it’s always been contentious. But as space and aviation expert Sue Nelson will explain – it should have been a woman. Allow us to present for your delectation the (surprising) story of Wally Funk – and Mercury 13 – the women who should have got to space race.
The classicist and author who took on Boris Johnson and won – and raised the question in the minds of the people – why is it falling to classicists to take on those who need taking on. As powerful as she is fearless in the face of inequality and fake news, this author has, incredibly for 2019, completely rewritten the Trojan Wars. Join us and her for Troy Story - this time it’s the women’s war. #Fascinatainment
They’ve been fighting in the academics streets over this one – but the celebrated neuroscientist and crucially neuroimaging expert has done the work and can tell us the truth about the gendered brain. It’s been a subject close to our hearts since we began all those years ago and we can’t wait to hear the truth about the Gendered Brain.
The award-winning science writer takes us deep into the relationship between race and science - its terrible history, consequences and explains the unfortunate reasons behind its apparent recent resurgence across the globe. We need to know this.
The celebrated UCL based paleoclimatologist who’s vials of African soil revealed that race is a social construct – and how we love this finding. For 2019 he lands at ALSO to explain how our human dominance comes with great responsibility towards our planet. Understand how to manage your world now you are the most powerful creature in it.
Oh, we do like to have some fun at ALSO. What does your handwriting say about you? (and perhaps what it says about David Cameron, Winston Churchill and Taylor Swift) – this magical session from leading forensic graphologist Emma Bache is a gorgeous way of looking at ourselves (and ok – all of human nature) anew.
We’re bringing the rock and roll broadcaster, writer, naturalist aka the Urban Birder lakeside in Warwickshire to help us consider how our urban lives are actually a chance to connect with nature. David's work is designed to inspire people to relook at their environments - exploring how a change of perspective can help you access a whole new dimension even on your urban hunt for lunch.
BAFTA award-winning animator, Greg McLeod explores creative thought, how to generate ideas and what to do with them once you've had them. By guiding you through examples and working methods, he'll demonstrate techniques to help release your unique creative potential. Warning: there will also be a cat video and some shouting!
Returning to ALSO - Let us be brief…. Brief//Case is a nascent creative collective, specialising in creating ‘pop-up’ performances that are tailored to unique spaces. We visit our performance site, review its heritage and aesthetic, and use what we find to produce artistic moments that demand attention.
How we love him - embodying our fascinatainment heartland Robin brings his brand new extraordinary exploration of the human mind - 'I'm a Joke and So Are You. A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human' is a moving, beautiful, hilarious exploration of consciousness. Don't miss it.
Former undercover police officer and best selling author, Neil Woods pieces together the terrifying complexity of the drug war in Britain. Understand how Britain succumbed to a self-defeating war on drugs, the hidden role the US plays and how our policy helps no-one but gangsters. Truly fascinating.
Climate Change for the coming generations. Understanding the power in your hands and how to use it. Join UCL paleo-climatologist, Prof Mark Maslin to discuss the incredible Extinction Rebellion, climate change the facts, the difficult relationship between science and us, and the responsibilities of having the whole wide world in your hands.
The ALSO Debate - now a tradition – previous years have included resolving whether the metropolitan liberal elite are totally clueless.
Wired Senior Editor and author of Digital Etiquette, Vicky Turk and broadcaster, journalist and author of The Curious History of Dating, Nichi Hodgson present, explore and explain how dating apps work, what's weird and what's off message when searching for a significant other online. With plenty of time for questions.
Dreaming of a world where robots do our every bidding? Or terrified that machines will soon take over? As part of our realistic relationship with tech strand, the University of Oxford’s Chief Computer Scientist Michael Wooldridge tells us how far we are on the road to conscious machines. ‘Don’t expect robot butlers anytime soon,’ he tells ALSO.
Time has become our most precious commodity and our options for spending our ‘free’ time have grown exponentially. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success, and which don’t? Bestselling author of Stuffocation, James Wallman has distilled the work of leading social scientists into a seven-point checklist that’ll help you avoid empty experiences, and fill your free hours with exciting and enriching ones instead.
You can go your own way. Arriving at the festival alone, want to meet a few people, or want a welcome to the festival and a guide to how to make the most of your weekend with us? The renowned psychotherapist and best-selling author, Philippa Perry will be hosting our 'Welcome to ALSO' social in the bar with her unique take on how to get the most out of your relationship with ALSO.