noun an ALSO festivaler-goer's ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought
noun the action of an Also festival-goer getting information in an enchanting entertaining way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ALSO Debate - now a tradition – previous years have included resolving whether the metropolitan liberal elite are totally clueless.
Tired of computers telling you what to do? Bored by all their flash but little actual life-affirming action? As part of our realistic relationship with tech strand, the University of Oxford’s Chief Computer Scientist Michael Woodridge will address us on our path to conscious machines. ‘Don’t expect them to do anything particularly great – anytime soon,’ he tells ALSO.
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.
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.
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
We’re bringing the rock and roll twitcher aka Urban Birder lakeside in Warwickshire to help us consider how our urban lives are actually a chance to connect with nature. He’ll be giving us the gift of twitching - and explaining how simply looking up can help you access a whole new dimension on your urban hunt for lunch.
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 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.
Returing 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.
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.
Everyone is invited to take part in our 'Out of the Woods' Scavenger Hunt. Bonkers clues. Fabulous Fun. Big Prizes.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.