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'If a thing loves, it is infinite.' Celebrate what one artist can do in a lifetime with this immersive exploration of the artist's work, philosophy and imagination in a beautiful setting with writer, novelist, journalist and cultural historian John Higgs. Dismissed and misinterpreted when alive, yet Blake now is a rare animal - an inclusive symbol of English identity. Thanks to the work of neuroscientists and psychologists, we are now in a better position to understand what was happening inside that remarkable mind, and we will ultimately discover that it is Blake who helps us to understand ourselves.
Millennial? Boomer? Gen Xer? Bored by the tired cliches about you and your tribe? Too right. Ahead of publication of his work, polling expert and professor of public policy, Bobby Duffy is at ALSO to explain how generations change and why? He'll help us understand the most divisive issues raging today: from climate change to cancel culture his research will transform how you view the world restoring more love and harmony between the generations.
Knot sees two male dancers using extreme physicality, complex lifts and contact choreography, to explore the many facets of human relationships through physical expression. Twisting and turning, the balance shifts from one dancer to the other as they use their physicality to express their emotions. Inspired by Salvador Dali’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’, Knot asks questions about who we are; delving into our inner lives and our relationships with others.
Exclusive for ALSO21, the Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge has selected the most beautiful images taken by the Hubble telescope's tour of the universe for us to display on our huge screen. Bring a blanket, sit back and take the laziest journey into the farthest reaches of the solar system. Far out!
Do the roots for prejudice lie in our evolutionary past? What happens in our brains when our biases are activated? How has bias affected technology? If we don’t know about it, are we really responsible for it, and, if so, is there anything we can do to stop it? Join behavioural scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal as she helps unravel the way our implicit or ‘unintentional’ biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision making, even in life and death situations.
Chimene Suleyman is a writer from London. She is the editor of the critically acclaimed The Good Immigrant USA, and a contributing author to the award-winning original UK anthology The Good Immigrant. After years of writing about immigration and race, she's returning to her poetry roots, where it all began.
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. Hosted by broadcast star, Nichi Hodgson. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your day with us.
Food, and how we search for and consume it, has defined our human journey. Whether it's the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. So join us as architect and leading thinker on food and cities, Carolyn Steel draws on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food in her provocative and exhilarating vision for change.
Zoologist and University of Cambridge animal communication expert (wolves are his speciality) Dr Arik Kershenbaum talks to human voice expert Juliet Russell about the ways animals communicate (why and how they do so) and what this might mean for extra-terrestrial life. This is the story of how animal life really works, on Earth and in space.
You will not want to miss our highly immersive session MOVE - the new science of body over mind from biologist and consultant to the New Scientist Caroline Williams, and her superb case for movement in our lives, and if there's ever been a year to reassess our relationship with movement this it! Lookout throughout the festival for many different opportunities to move your body in different ways as we bring Caroline's excellent research to practical life. Why not try as many as you can?
Lost explores the limits of what it is to be both physically and emotionally lost. The visceral and thought-provoking choreography of this male-female duet combines Motionhouse’s characteristic contact work, complex lifts and athletic precision with emotionally charged fluidity. Sensual connection between the two dancers is fused with raw emotion as one desperately fights to pull the other back from the precipice. The breath-taking lifts and instinctive quality of the dance make Lost an intimate, dramatic and passionate work.
Award-winning Poet and author, Jack Underwood introduces his new book Not Even This – in which he explores how becoming a father has compelled him to reconsider the certainties of the world around him. He will be in conversation with writer Ben Pester, also a father, also struggling with uncertainty in his work – as well as unreality. Together they will discuss how it feels to write in a time of increasing global uncertainty, what it means to let go of the idea of control as a parent, and when exactly all of this supposed to get done!
Hear from neuropsychopharmacologist and scientific powerhouse Prof David Nutt, voted by The Times as one of the hundred most important figures in British science, as he discusses humans’ complex relationship with their favourite drug - alcohol. We'll be looking at the psychology of our relationship with alcohol (and other drugs) and hearing about David's quest to create a brand new drink, Sentia, that gives the pleasant effects of alcohol without the harm. Come prepared by trying a Professor Nutt cocktail at our bars!
Join this discussion and introduction to the benefits and joy of cold water swimming with national ice swimming champion Caroline Saxon, to get your questions answered. Caroline is leading a number of swims in our wonderful lake and will be in conversation with Channel swimmer Justine Solomons. This event has been so popular it is fully booked. Don’t worry though! Check in at info on the day to see if more space is available.Info & Booking
Suzanne Alderson, founder of national charity Parenting Mental Health, and author of Never Let Go, which supports parents of children struggling with mental health, and Tanja Sharpe, integrative counsellor, coach and Founder of Creative Connections, have joined together for a special creative workshop, designed to support you and your mental health. This 1 hour session will demonstrate the power of creativity for mental health and wellbeing, and provide you with some simple, creative ways to help you make sense of your emotions in a safe, fun way. This session can be done alone or with your child, but for one hour, it’s time just for you and could be exactly what your mind and body need. You don’t have to be creative to join either, we’ll help show you how creativity manifests for you.Info & Booking
Want to hear more from the respected British statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge? To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running a Double Talk session with Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter. Don’t miss! This event has been so popular it is fully booked. Don’t worry though! Check in at info on the day to see if more space is available.Info & Booking
Happy Hour is a playful and humorous male-female duet exploring the theme of meeting a stranger in a crowded place. How do 2 people who don’t know each other react when they meet for the first time? Dynamic lifts, athletic dance and split-second timing make Happy Hour a laugh-out-loud entertaining duet for all the family, events, parties and launches using the distinctive Motionhouse style.
Use the space and time ALSO offers to unlock your business model for your next business / side hustle in our masterclass with John Williams, author of WHSmith business book of the month ‘F Work Let’s Play’. In this fun & interactive session, John will show you how to turn any idea into something you can get off the ground in 30 days and grow it into a business you love. This event has been so popular it is fully booked. Don’t worry though! Check in at info on the day to see if more space is available.Info & Booking
Leading public philosopher, Roman Krznaric will be exploring the ways you can be a good ancestor, the subject of his powerful book, The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short-Term World. Yes, we'll explore how to think long-term - neglected but unique to the human-animal - from expanding our time horizons and learning from the superb animal world by caring for all the places you call home so they will nurture the many generations that come after us.
Rock star classicist Natalie Haynes sits down at ALSO to help us understand anew the most loved and the most misunderstood of mythological figures and creatures. Gods, goddesses and gorgons will definitely feature in the award-winning novelist's tour of the ancient world so feel free to dress accordingly.
Want the most up to date evidence on the use of CBD for anxiety, depression, insomnia, joint pain and many other health concerns? Internationally-recognised expert, Dr Dani Gordon, with years of clinical experience in prescribing cannabis and CBD in many forms, takes us on an entertaining and enlightening journey about the cannabis plant and its benefits. She'll cut through the hype, dispel the myths, and introduce us to the fascinating endocannabinoid system in our own body.
There's nothing wrong with being small. Fresh from teaching this course at CERN, ALSO Favourite Prof David Tong presents 'particle physics' the highlights - everything you need to know about particle physics in one beautifully explained in this 45 minute session - expect high energy, quantum fields and gravity doing its thing. Plus we'll be asking him about those rumours that the future of CERN is to become the world's longest roller rink.
Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS takes to the stage to help us understand the last year in statistics, it is a job for such a majestic mathematician. The respected British statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge has been a firm fixture on the TV screen as Netflix - he's here to help us understand what just happened and what we can learn from the numbers for the future. Bring your questions and a strong coffee.
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. Hosted by broadcast star, Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your day with us.
Don’t miss behavioural scientist, activist and author, Pragya Agarwal and award winning author and screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth for this fascinationg session on ‘Motherhood’ - the subject of Pragya's brilliant new book, '(M)otherhood: On the Choices of Being a Woman', and the subject of Emma's book 'After the Storm: Post Natal Depression & the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood'. They will be exploring the broader societal, historical and scientific factors that drive how we think and talk about motherhood. As well as looking at how women’s bodies have been monitored and controlled through history, and how this shapes motherhood now.
Come along and find out why we should not underestimate the power of touch. Yes, Claudia Hammond presents her extraordinary findings from The Touch Test - the test that explored touch in its many forms - commissioned by Wellcome Collection and in collaboration with BBC Radio 4 and Goldsmiths University of London.
Bestselling author and social historian Hallie Rubenhold's extraordinary work, The FIVE: The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper reclaims five women who became the Ripper’s victims and who, until her book, have never been given a voice of their own and, worse, had been disregarded by society for over 130 years. Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction, her work has been praised for changing our narrative on these famous crimes forever.
We’re delighted to have poetry from Zafar Bhatti from Poets for Peace who bring poets together from across the community with the aim of breaking down barriers between faiths and promoting social cohesion. Catch them on the woodland stage, Sunday morning for a poets for peace session, presenting a range of Poetry hoping their words and such a beautiful setting will touch upon your heart.
New to ALSO? Head down to the main stage on Friday early evening and ALSO Founder Helen Bagnall will talk you through how it works, what to do, what not to miss and how to get the most out of your time with us.
It seems so natural. Why portraits are not always completely honest. Matthew Morgan comes to us by way of The National Gallery where as Head of Learning he uncovered the secrets of great portraits, allow him to take you on a visual tour as he explains all on our woodlands stage.
The creator of the highly acclaimed podcast series, The Missing Cryptoqueen is at ALSO to give a master class in how to make a podcast. Jamie is the award-winning author of The People Vs Tech, The Dark Net & Radicals. Don’t miss!
Natalie Haynes will be speaking with the award-winning, bestselling author Horatio Clare about his new book, Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing on our beautiful lake stage. Horatio will share with us his story of a breakdown: a journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release, his uneasy relationship with medication, the healing power of nature and the role both play in his recovery and healing.
In Conversation about feeding the world with Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Hygeine at London School of Health and Tropical Medicine Alan Dangour,Info & Booking
Join Matt Morgan for his Jazz session in our atmospheric woods stage as he explores the idea of music as a weapon - in this talk with music the jazz afficianado will be exploring South African Jazz in the time of apartheid - the role it was played and how it was played and used.
Inspired by the first moon landing, Gravity combines hand-to-hand acrobatics with Motionhouse’s signature contact choreography. Using breath-taking balances and extraordinary trust, Gravity sees two white-clad performers in an evocative exploration of weightlessness and zero gravity. An overwhelming sense of isolation underlies the precise, haunting choreography.
This is your chance to get up to speed with the universe (rather than travel at the speed of the universe which thanks to David we all know is 299,792,458 m/s) in this Q&A session with world-renowned physicist Prof David Tong. We'll be reviewing what kind of year the universe has had and hearing about its plans for the future, through the big space stories of the year.
Have our memories really got worse during the pandemic? If you have felt more forgetful during the pandemic you're not alone. Join Claudia Hammond, Prof Catherine Loveday and ALSO Festival’s Helen Bagnall as they explore time perception during the pandemic and the impact on memory.
Us humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But have we forgotten who we really are? Environmental philosopher and history of humanity researcher, Melanie Challenger explores the idea that we struggle psychologically with thinking of ourselves as animals and why for the sake of all of us that share this planet how to get back in touch with our animal nature.
We had to hear from the defining zeitgeist author of the award-winning ANIMALS (now a film with Holliday Grainger), ADULTS (Sunday Times Bestseller) and now AFTER THE STORM - a powerful call-to-arms account of postnatal depression - about the music that sustained her through her creative life. She was with us at our very first ALSO so we have invited her to do our much loved Soundtrack to our Lives session. Come along to hear Emma talk us through the key songs that define her life. Hear them, then hear why they are so important.