A work in progress, our first wave of speakers, acts, workshops and dining events:
Bright eyed optimism, hedonism, retro, new Labour, Girl Power, football, fashion, art - what do the 90s mean to you? Award-winning author Daniel Rachel discusses his latest book Don't Look Back In Anger, diving deep into the political, cultural and social landscape of the 90s, with eyewitness accounts and post-match analysis from those who were there. Followed by Britpopaoke.
The light through a woodland, colours in a leaf, the patterns on a beetle and the shadows in bark. We shall be hunting for creatures in the woods and crafting collected materials to remind us of the natural world of ALSO.
Forró is a simple and passionate partner dance originating in the northeast of Brazil. London based Forró aficionados, Andy and Julia will be on hand to help us experience this Brazilian dance that is taking over the dance floors of Europe. During the workshop experience, you will learn the close embrace and some simple steps to the forró rhythm, which you will then practice with your new forró friends!
Has your kid got questions about the universe you fail to answer? Struggle to answer such questions as is there life on other planets? What happened before the universe? Why does time go forward? How do I travel in time? Why not bring them and their questions to one of our most favourite sessions ever: Quantum Theory for Kids with Prof David Tong. Yes, the incredible physicist who, let’s remember, is a Professor of Quantum Theory at The University of Cambridge is able to answer all these questions and so much more.
Got a question you really want to ask? This is a chance to have a chat with Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and author of Sunday Times bestselling, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), on your own about (more or less) anything as she is 'in residence' floating on our lake in the wonderful Capability Brown setting.
Drawing from her hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics’ and in a high-octane, high entertainment, and humorous exploration, the critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes will explain just what the ancient civilisations can offer modern life.
Compose beautiful (and instagrammable) leaf sculptures. Source all of your materials from Capability Brown’s landscape and start your weekend by immersing yourself in a mindful playtime. By returning the creation back into nature, the elements’ reaction to it completes your piece. Wind, water and placement within the earth provide the stage for a kinetic installation.
‘Our journeys. Our stories’ These have always been a rich source of musical inspiration for Sophie Lagan. Woven through a influences ranging from neo-soul to reggaeton, the infectious melodies and groove-centered arrangements from her anticipated debut album are bound to capture your heart.
The global nanotechnology market is expected to exceed the US$ 125 Billion mark by 2024. It’s one of the big growth industries that is going to change the way we live. But what actually is it? Sonia Contera is one of the UK’s Nanotech pioneers and she’s at ALSO20 to describe the exciting ways in which nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine. From targetting individual cancer cells to engineering tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation find the rapidly evolving nanotechnologies that are allowing us to manipulate the very building blocks of life.
This has been the smash hit finale to our Saturday Night Banquet and this year we're turning it into an event on its own. A riotous, immersive, experiential LIVE plating of the pudding - complete with cake, fruit, cream, and many many toppings to devour.
No offence, David but who would have thought that a book on statistics would have been such a big seller in 2020. There’s a reason why and it’s a hopeful one. Surrounded by fake news, we are all trying to learn more about stats to make sure the information we are taking on is real. Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. We are so pleased to have the leading risk, probability, chance and uncertainty academic in the UK, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter to guide us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. You'll never think about information in the same way again.
Broadcaster and award-winning science writer (she was the first woman to win the Royal Society Science Book of the Year for ‘Adventures in the Anthropocene’), Gaia Vince will present this love song to human culture with her extraordinarily researched story of how these four tools (Fire, Language, Beauty, Time) have enabled has us humans to control our own destiny to become the most successful species on Earth – and how we are evolving still and perhaps could do more to reflect on the way we now want to evolve.
Want to take back the future; inspiration for a new decade? That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? But how can we think about the future? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be? For all the big questions in our lives we like to look towards Margaret Heffernan for answers, and so we are so glad she is at ALSO20. Do not miss the chance to see the award-winning business psychologist (her TED talks have been viewed by over 7 million people) as she explores why we need less tech and messier human skills - imagination, humility, bravery - to create the futures we want and can believe in.
JUMP LDN empower people of all ages through Double Dutch skipping. We run workshops with people of all ages and backgrounds across London, inspiring people to connect with their inner child and have fun freestyling in the ropes. No experience necessary. Come jump with us!
Looking for a place where cabaret-meets-sketch? Join Taryn Ryan as she bares all the perks and quirks of being an artist’s model. From the mundanity of cramping and falling asleep, to the saucy histories of famous muses, she’ll explore what it means to see and be seen while all are encouraged to try life drawing for themselves through a series of sketching games – we’ll bring the paper and crayons provided – no drawing talent needed.
Want a really good laugh? You’re in luck - join Peace for our immersive, energetic exploration of laughter:. Sing arias, learn a language, visit the zoo- all using nothing but your own guffaws. You are really good hands - be ready to clear your mind, to strengthen your lungs whilst having the most fun you’ve ever had while laughing.
Whatever wellness is you probably don't need £80 leggings to do it. We're looking at all elements that are needed for true wellness and plenty of chances to try them out.
No 1: Let's Get Physical.
No 2: Community
No 3: Environment
No 4: Emotional Intelligence
No 5: Purpose in Life
No 6: A Spiritual Element
No 7: New Thinking
No 8: Self- Renewal.
Try all 8 ALSO's Pillars of Wellness for the chance to win a prize.
Here for the ideas? Want to know what can we learn from the world’s happiest country? And why we should welcome the current slowdown—of population growth, economies, and technological innovation? The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling has answers and in this double hitter of a session ‘Slowdown’ and ‘Finntopia’ he’ll explore how we can learn from Finland and why the end of the great acceleration is good for the planet, the economy, and our lives. Both are linked, and Salon London’s Helen Bagnall will be channelling her inner Melvyn Bragg and taking on Danny’s claims so we can get two lots of answers to two subjects in one innovative session.
Portobello Live Choir is the capital's rock and roll community choir. Singing classic songs by west London artists such as Gorillaz, Paul Weller, The Clash and Hollie Cook and mixing in gospel, soul and African flavours.
We are throwing the haybales open early this year and letting the kids kick off the Bunker with a Kids Disco on Friday evening. Expect bubble machines, flashing lights and a great way for the kids to burn off some energy. You Have Been Warned: Baby Shark may well be played, there is a reason our bunker is sound proofed!
Inviting participants to draw on their collective memory of the woods, create a collaborative transient piece of artwork to light up the beginning of Saturday evening’s procession.
This small, independent and good looking wood fired pizza company is a much loved part of ALSO Festival. They use only quality ingredients and make tasty food at affordable prices while supporting our local ecosystems and food producers. To make sure everybody is catered for we also offer vegan and gluten free options. They also hide a Pineapple somewhere on site each day – find it and a pizza is yours. That’s why we love Pizza Love at ALSO.
Ooh ALSO just loves to dance! Our Dance Programming runs through ALSO like letters in a stick of rock. So why not try Bounce Bhangra? It’s a great opportunity to learn some high-energy Bhangra and Hip Hop moves and to learn a complete dance routine from start to finish.
Learn the magical skill of transforming an ordinary stick into a beautiful wood flower. Matt Cox will guide you through the coppice craft of carving flowers - decorate your tent or yourselves with these lovely memories of Also Festival Woods
Ease into Sunday with a hearty late breakfast or is it an early lunch? Whichever way you sway, you’ll be accompanied by the uplifting sounds of London International Gospel Choir. Expect vivid harmonies, catchy melodies, fantastic soloists and for your soul to be elevated to a very fine state of mind.
Alexis Dubus (“Very funny, quick-witted and exceedingly sharp” - British Comedy Guide, “Uniquely funny” The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe) has been writing and performing stand-up around the world for over 15 years. Learn the secret of a great gag and perform your own at the end of the session with no judgment. ** some judgment may apply.
Cocktails have long played their role in the heart of the design of the festival. For 2020 we celebrate this with a big, bold and beautiful cocktail bar placed naturally right in the heart of the festival with its' own dance floor for when you've just got to move. Perfect for an aperitif, to kick your night off, to discuss ideas or for a nightcap. Plus our now legendary programme of how to workshop and talks on spirits and wines.
We make our ice cream on our family farm, with two generations of the Alsop family working on the farm - and the 3rd generation already showing an interest! – so we hope we will be serving you our Buffalo ice bream made from organic buffalo milk for many years to come. Days at ALSO are powered by Buffalo Ice Cream. We’ve worked with them for seven years and still not tried all the flavours.
Be procession-ready by booking on our lantern making session. You'll create your very own willow lantern, ready to join and illuminate Saturday’s twilight procession. All materials provided. No age limit, but young children may need support from a grown-up.
Faithfully tracing Joni Mitchell’s iconic album Blue, the Perri and Neil Quartet do not cover, but reinterpret this classic in a way that becomes alive with sonic possibilities. They take the album as it was originally recorded – starting down a “lonely road” and ending up in those “dark cafe days” filling the familiar with new colour and warmth.
Stop the Press Cafe is inspired by the influence of Penny Universities, they'll be bringing the caffeine to the conversation for the weekend. Home of the very cheeky, very good looking Espresso Martini – perfect for sharpening the mind inbetween sessions.
Also Festival is a fabulous chance to explore wild swimming – so grab your bikini (or trunks, wetsuit, sustainable float and socks – such a good look!) and head lakeside for some swimming in this stunning spot designed by no lesser landscape gardener than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown himself. The lake is half a mile wide and our wild swimming sessions are not only gloriously beneficial for your body – but it’s been found exercising in nature offer extraordinary benefits for the mind too. No wonder we all love it so much. #naturalicious For those who want to go a bit deeper check out our series of Wild Swims with leading wild swim guide Suzanna.
This highly interactive, ultra-fun workshop combines yoga and yes, you've guessed it, acrobatics. Qualified yoga teacher, Francesca will lead us through a solid foundation of basic movements, as partners and groups work together to create postures in which someone (usually a smaller member of the family) is lifted. Great for building balance, communication and team work.
Fully submerge the senses, surrender to the music and let Sarah guide you on your journey to the centre of self. Sarah’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga builds heat and strength from the inside out whilst the music absorbs you from the outside in. A truly empowering experience with all the transformative benefits of doing this in our beautiful natural setting.
Want high-octane movement? Join Sarah for thismetabolism boosting combination of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and high intensity interval training promoting faster total body transformation in less time. It’s high intensity but not high impact, making it your go to form of exercise to improve your cardiovascular fitness in a safe way for your body. Tempted? There will be a banging 80s/90s soundtrack and neon body paint??
Join Adam Rutherford (and us) to help arm yourself against racism, both overt and casual with this pugnacious mix of bleeding-edge science and history as he presents 'How to Argue with a Racist' - his vital manifesto for a twenty-first-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. Don't miss the chance to let Adam equip you with an essential tool.
Up with the sun and your little treasures? Come join festival morning veteran Ronnie (and Pauline) for a playful start to the day. Featuring plenty of building blocks, squishy crinkly toys and rattles-a-go-go, we’ll be building to a crescendo of old fashioned never get old (!) sing-along classics incl ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat.’ BYOB or more likely strong coffee!
Hebden Bridge strollers Kath & Pete are at ALSO this year for a stroll up session to introduce you to vintage stroll dances. Accessible for all – you don’t need a partner - just grab a cocktail at the bar then join them as they teach the Charleston, Haworth, 1940s and Peaky Blinders strolls. It’s easy to learn, even for those with two left feet. Promise!
Meet the true face of British justice. From the Rochdale sex ring to the earliest prosecutions for honour killing and modern slavery, former Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal OBE was at the forefront of the British legal system for decades. Hear how Nazir - a local lad - having grown up in Birmingham, dedicated his life to finding ways of helping communities that the conventional justice system ignores, and gave a voice to the voiceless from within the legal system.
Saturday night’s five-course immersive banquet will be hosted by a supper club collaboration with The Supper Natural & The Last supper club joining forces. This spectacular team of chefs and creatives are so excited to bring you a theatrical and experimental evening, in a magical setting, carefully designed to elevate your mood & to take you on a journey. Come and play & be part of this incredible feast of the senses.
Delicious food. We love the planet (fully sustainable server ware) and we love our animals and serve just home bred pork and organic lamb that we raise to the highest standards and that we know the provenance of, with a huge emphasis on welfare and respect. We use eggs from hens that are free to roam. Our cheeses come straight from artisan cheesemakers who use milk either from their own herd, or from carefully selected organic farmers. We offer a selection of both vegetarian and vegan food and can cater for food intolerances and allergies.
The inspiring singer and vocal coach, Barbara Amoakohene, leads this inclusive singing workshop with a dynamic, joyful reworking of the Sia classic, inspired by Kanye's Sunday service. Whether new to Gospel or a lifetime fan, this workshop will teach you uplifting harmonies and stylsitic tricks to make the most of the voice you have.
As part of our three-day nature fix, we offer a programme of walks that offer a chance to connect with nature and enjoy the sublime site from new perspectives. Poetry walks, natural history walks, foraging, forest-bathing, sketch-book walks, horror walks. Self-guided, audio-guided, human-guided. Whatever the problem seems to be - walking is often an answer.
An intriguing and warm-hearted exploration of what it means to be human. This workshop is an experiential journey to remembering our neurological, emotional, and physical connection to the natural world based on Jon Young’s 8 Shields model. Reveal the web of connection between the individual, the community and the cyclic rhythms of nature and cosmos.
What kind of ideas festival would we be without somewhere you could enjoy a handcrafted rum cocktail on the banks of our lake at The Costa del ALSO? A visit to our Rum Shack is always a highlight at ALSO and offers the chance to relax, listen to a band, have a dance or eat at our in festival restaurant Getaria. Yes, our much loved Rum Shack is back for 2020 - make mine a Dark and Story.
Take in a few of our ideas based talks - find out what happens when philosphy meets wine with Prof Barry Smith, how brinigng together the ethics of how we live and love and technology opens up big questions with Prof Julian Savelescu or how we shouldn't really trust our eyes as magic meets neuroscience with Alice Pailes.
Find your voice. Do take full advantage of our serious credibility when it comes to choirs and music - with many choirs on hand and our in festival Music Director Juliet Russell being one of the most succesful in the UK - you will find an opportunity to use your voice on any level. And you'll love it.
With our social enterprise breakfast cafe through to our multi sensory banquet to our session on feeding the world - our food and drink programming is crammed with ideas about how to eat and drink a little big better and a lot more fun. Get involved!
We all agree Professor David Tong is one of the greatest scientific communicators on the planet, and for ALSO20, the Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge will push our understanding of life, the universe and everything even further. David invites us to turn our gaze to Quantum Fields, which he will show are the building blocks of the universe. Explore the physics within yourself as you find out you are a talking, walking bundle of quantum fields - in this session he has allowed us to call quantum fields in elysian fields.
Vinyl Richie Is a Ibiza based DJ and purveyor of fine musical flavours, showcasing a celebration of Balearic sounds. With a diverse set of influences, infused with rich groove of tomorrow & yesterday. From Italian house, to soul, and yacht rock fit for poolsides and beaches, to oddities from the likes of Peter Gabriel and Ruff Dug. Playing laid-back beats to help you celebrate the summer just a little bit more!. Sit back, relax, and soak the sun drenched sounds
Don’t miss our Balearic Brunch as ALSO creates the beautiful boutique beach bar experience. Our Head of Dining Rebecca Otero & Sophie Taverna from Lyles create our now legendary Ibiza Beach Brunch based on Sunday lunch on the White Isle where she lives year-round. Relax with a glass of Sangria, enjoying our Balearic beats from a live DJ whilst your Paella is cooked to order in our stunning dining tent! Always a highlight!
ALSO is a place to go a bit deeper into the process of creating comedy and for ALSO20 we are offering the chance to grapple with improv, and we couldn’t be in better hands that those of the internationally acclaimed improv expert Richard Vranch (BBC R4’s Just a Minute, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Comedy Store Players in London’s West End and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums). He’ll be at ALSO20 to show you how to play the moment and conjure up laughter from thin air in this accessible workshop.
The award-winning animation director and illustrator, Evgenia Golubeva will be leading a creative walk around the festival's grounds with plenty of guidance on what to sketch and how. This popular walking workshop is suitable for all ages. All you have to do is bring your creativity - we'll provide the stunning backdrop, sketchbooks, and art materials.
This brilliant Uehiro Centre Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford explains the case for more research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" exploring their ethical implications for individuals and society. Get insight into this cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all. Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may soon be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Adults – why not the mindful benefits of wild swimming in the great outdoors. Leave constraints and concerns on the shore and let the lake water restore you. ALSO’s in festival wild swimming expert, Suzanna will guide you through the mindful wonders of appreciating your surroundings, teach useful breathing exercises meaning you can fully immerse yourself in this unique experience.
Combining complex guitar picking and intricate vocals, Jasmine's solo show features songs from her album Blood Red Sun, released last summer. Her mixed parentage has nurtured a deep love of many different genres and she distills these into a folk style that understands tradition, while offering something altogether more contemporary and relevant.
Artist/Designer Sophie Clausen trained with the celebrated assemblage artist Bruce Dorfman and she has created an assemblage art experience especially for ALSO. This workshop offers a gorgeous in-festival chance to explore the use of discarded or found materials and to create 3D artwork. Our surrounding forest and extensive grounds offer many sources of found materials which can be incorporated into this highly creative session.
Playing a mix of 60s Soul, Funk, Dirty Grooves, Hot Rockin' Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Ska, Rock'n'Roll, New Orleans, Gospel, Blues & Boogaloo - all on vinyl 45s
Calling all wannabe Knights. Over six? Want your own Knight's Tale? One starring you? Join the BAFTA award winning animator and writer duo Myles and Greg McLeod who will help you create the characters you'll need: a goody, a baddy, a buddy. Using proper storyboards they'll encourage you to create your own knight's tale in this the ultimate storytelling hands-on session for true Knights.
Santo Taco are from Guadalajara, Mexico and spend three months a year there researching the food of the region. We are bringing to ALSO20 some wonderful and unique ingredients to fill our tacos and burritos. Tasty fillings for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. Soft, pure corn tortillas, a mix of authentic flavours and freshly made aromatic salsas, all cooked to order and served with crisp salad. We might even do a Mezcal tasting session for ALSO20 to help you savour a moment of real Mexico.
ALSO is a place to get new skills. What will you do this year? Why not have a go at aerial with Lucy Webster’s Lollipop Lyra workshop? This exciting aerial discipline is part aerial hoops (Lyra) part freestanding stage pole. In this introductory session you will get to grips with your equipment and perform various poses, doubles tricks and spins with the correct technique and form to execute them safely. Also it’s a full body workout particularly targeting the upper body and core and a real LOL. The session welcomes all abilities!!
No, not carving with a butter knife, but making your very own piece of wooden cutlery to take home! No tools required as our wood-whittling coppice-crafting expert will guide you through the use of equipment.
Like karaoke, but with added Britpop. In honour of Daniel Rachel's exploration of Cool Britannia, we'll be wonderwailing our way through the biggest UK tunes of the 90s. Don't Look Back in Anger at this opportunity to sing near a house, a very big house in the country. If you've had a Brimfull of Asha, make a connection and don't forget to zigga zig ah!
We're taking ALSO to new heights. Join us in our pop-up workshop and learn how to design and build a twin line aerobatic kite. Ages 10 and over.
An undoubted institution in the world of comedy, Robin Ince (Sony Radio Award Winner, Time Out Award Winner - Outstanding Contribution to Comedy) is working on a brand new comedy concept to present at ALSO20. We love the way Robin’s work effortlessly spans science and ideas and comedy capturing the subject we want to consider in new and fascianating ways. Do not miss this opportunity to be part of something new and experimental designed for the space from the master of the comedy scene.
Brighton experimental pop duo Hourglvss create a sound that purposefully lives in the divide between fantasy and reality. Comprised of Katie Benbow and Sophie May Williams, this creative union blends Influences and inspiration from artists such as David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Human League and The Cure. Hourglvss tell dramatic tales through hypnotic vocals and intoxicating harmonies musically transversing through pop and clubland.
Author, Refinery29, Stylist and Grazia journalist, thrift-lover and reformed fast fashion addict, Lauren Bravo makes a brilliant case for How To Break Up With Fast Fashion: a guilt-free guide to changing the way you shop with a session especially for ALSO with hundreds of ideas for how to sustainably, ethically and stylishly redefine your relationship with your wardrobe, followed by a festival wide Saturday Night Sequined Clothes Swap.
Are you a Pickle? A Flumpie? A Rabbit? Create your own lift-a-flap book about pet names in your family. Award winning illustrator and author of ‘I’m NOT a Mouse’ Evgenia Golubeva has created this very special interactive workshop in which you can create your own lift-a-flap book. What appears under the flap is up to you.
As part of our Clever Comedy strand we will be building on our incredible introduction to clowning at ALSO19. For ALSO20 we are moving the clowning up a notch for anyone who wants to go a bit deeper in to their inner clown. We will be inviting festival-goers to an intermediate clowning workshop one that allows them to prepare a piece of idiocy, which will be honed and then performed. No idea is too stupid, no concept too wild. Workshop will be run by Gaulier Trained Clowns!
This festival highlight is back for its 4th glorious year. Got the moves? Got the lyrics down? Got the backing track? The heat is on! We’re looking for kids who can style it out for the Lip Synch Battle crown (AKA cheap prizes). Last year we had dance routines, cool accessories, serious attitude and, of course, fantastic performances. Mic drop.
an ability to bring new and exciting ideas together with things you already know
Don't miss many opportunities for #mindwilding at ALSO
Wine & Philosophy - Prof Barry Smith
The Art of Rest - Claudia Hammond
The Psychology of Magic - Alice Pailhès
‘Slowdown’ and ‘Finntopia’ - Prof Danny Dorling
How to Map the Future - Margaret Heffernan
Floating with Philippa - Philippa Perry
Break Up with Fashion - Lauren Bravo
Transcendence - Gaia Vince
and many, many more across the weekend....
Take some time out away from the high energy of the festival to allow yourself to recharge your mind, body and spirit. Join Sarah from Sankalpa Yoga in the candlelit teepee and allow her to guide you in a deeply calming and rejuvenating meditation. Bring a blanket and enjoy the journey to the centre of your soul.
This dynamic family singing workshop will give you insider vocal tips and tricks used by west end performers. Our wonderful MT vocal coach Amelia Carr leads this energetic, contemporary and uptempo session. Amelia specialises in working with young voices, including preparing them for roles in the West End, TV and film, so you'll be in the best possible (jazz) hands.
The James Beard award-winning James Whetlor is joining us this year for an Asado feast. He will be cooking over woodfire - creating his Argentinian inspired menu. The feast will be for vegetarians and vegans too - by presenting his banquet to eat all together at our intimate restaurant venue looking over the lake next to the forest. James will be demonstrating from start to finish how to cook over fire & introduce us to ethical meat & his work with Cabrito and what it means to be a conscious consumer in the food industry.
We like to believe that we are all fair-minded and egalitarian but we all carry biases that we might not even be aware of. What? Even us? 'Unconscious bias may have become a frequently-used term in our vocabulary, but there are still so many myths around it. Luckily, behavioural scientist and activist, Dr Pragya Agarwal will help us unravel the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision-making.
Drum roll please. The master absurdist will be staging a show unique to ALSO 2020, after a national tour of his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show. "A consistently hilarious hour of measured madness" - The List "This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle" - Chortle
For those who want to take their Floating Gong Bath to the next level an incredible ALSO20 experience awaits. As part of our commitment to unusual audio adventures across our unique festival site we have timed one of our Wild Swimming sessions to take place at the same time as our Floating Gong Bath which is taking place on our absolutely beautiful Lake Stage. Be guided by one of the leading wild swimmers in the country, Suzanna Cruickshank, this promises to be unforgettable.
As part of our commitment to unusual audio adventures we wanted to combine the beauty of a sound bath with the beauty of the site in this simply glorious way to start the day. Head over to the Lake Stage for this immersive sound experience which is both healing and life enhancing. And if that wasn’t good enough the gong sound vibrations continue to work long after the Gong Bath has finished - healing mind, body and soul.
Quantum Fields are the building blocks of us. Prof David Tong is an interaction of fields (as are you) - so this will be fields teaching fields about fields - in a field!
'For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate' says Margaret Heffernan which is why she's doing a session on 'How to Change Your Mind.'
Claudia Hammond - 'The art of doing nothing is hard to master' but essential if you want to do great things. Let ALSO and Claudia help you master it.
'There is no guaranteed way to avoid mental-health difficulties, but it certainly helps to instil in us a belief that, whatever emotion we experience, we are still acceptable and, however bad we feel, it will pass.' Philippa Perry invites you to float with her on the lake stage.
Real bread, wild bread, proper wholesome daily bread. Join Jess and Liz from Wild Fermentary Workshops to discover the secrets to a long fermented, traditionally hand crafted loaf. Create your own wild culture to begin the journey to baking your own sourdough. Be inspired with tasting plates of sourdough bruschetta with a selection of plant-based toppings. The future of food is slow, sustainable and back to basics. Get real with real bread. Includes a jar of starter culture to take away, a delicious loaf to enjoy over the weekend and a recipe for sourdough bread.
Where the late-night action takes place behind 4ft think straw walls capped by a beautiful corrugated iron roof. Home to experiments in sensory deprivation and social depravation, the Bunker exists for those who aren't yet ready for bed: DJs, drag acts and deep-down dirty dancers.
Vieon is an electronic musical three-piece featuring Matt Wild, Stephen Dorphin and VJ Adrian Brian Thompson. Their sound is inspired heavily by the 70s and 80s European art electronica pioneers (Jarre, Moroder, Kraftwerk), combined with contemporary synthpop artists (Daft Punk, Royksopp, Justice). Ambitious audio-visual shows famed include banks of synthesizers, theremin, keytar, live-produced projections and synchronised light display.
Learn the tricks of the song writing trade with creative tour de force Sophie Garner. Explore this art form within a group through games, improvisation and, of course, singing and composing. Song writing as a powerful tool for building confidence and creative expression. Sophie is an established singer songwriter who has released 3 studio albums, toured internationally and was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London's O2 Arena! This session is for 11-18 year olds.
Delivering powerful performances of string classics, The Real String Orchestra is an ensemble of local musicians with a shared passion for classical music and amazing composers. Let them bewitch, beguile and entertain you with an eclectic blend of the emotive and dramatic, skilfully directed by the baton of the professional home-grown musician Tori Rushton.
Playbox Theatre brings an enchanting, interactive adventure for little ones. Part performance, and part workshop, children and grown-ups are invited to join the quest.
London International Gospel Choir welcomes people from all over the world whoe make London their home. They celebrate this diversity in a welcoming and fun environment and by singing uplifting material including gospel, pop, jazz, funk, soul, and the root of it all, African song.
Join Ex-Marine Commando and ALSO’s Production Manager, David Hamblett in creating woodland hideaways in Dave’s Den Building session - back by popular demand!
So just what should we be eating, growing, selling, buying when it comes to satisfying the world's appetite, the world's nutrition, the world's resources? Are apples a panacea?, is cheese as problematic as meat?, are there any sustainable alternatives to milk? This is an era of intense public debate so to widen our understanding of food and nutrition to we will be putting our questions to Prof Alan Dangour, Professor of Food and Nutrition for Global Health and Specialist Advisor to the UK government on Planetary Health. Arrive hungry for quality info!
the easy action of getting information in an entertaining way.
Don't miss ALSO's incredible line-up of #fascinatainment:
Quantum Fields - Professor David Tong
Love is a Drug - Prof Julian Savulescu
The Art of Statistics - Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter
Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias - Dr Pragya Agarwal
How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine - Prof Sonia Cottera
Ideas The Prosecutor - Nazir Afzal
Natalie Haynes' Weekend Papers LIVE
and many, many more across the weekend.
The Charleston is a timeless dance which anyone can enjoy as we celebrate the return of The Twenties. Charleston is famous as a solo dance but its roots in America’s Deep South go back to the square dancing tradition. We have combined the best moves into patterns which weave and rotate partners: It’s a classic Ceilidh set to the music of New Orleans Jazz. We will quickly get you up to speed with the basic Charleston step, and then we’ll call the moves for the set dances. Experience all the humour and energy of this classic dance reversioned for a 2020’s audience.
Back, bigger, with harder knots, this fun, family and team activity will ask you to put Archimedes' Displacement Theory to the test whilst learning how to escape being shipwrecked! Our instructors will give you some tips but it will be up to you to turn a pile of poles, rope and barrels into a raft - to keep you and your crew afloat. Minimum age 8.
‘She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes’ Arundhati Roy could have been describing Also Festival goers. Express yourselves - you can’t be seen without flowers in your hair...
Can music, lighting and ambience really alter the actual taste of a wine? Absolutely, says the Director of the Institute of Philosophy at UCL. Prof Barry C. Smith and based on his work as co-director a Centre for the Study of the Senses. This leading light in neuro gastronomy will join Salon London’s Helen Bagnall to explore exactly how the brain processes taste and flavour in this interactive session.
Join in with Debutots carefully-crafted interactive stories with plenty of dramatic play and movement thrown in for good measure. Our fun-packed Early Years Drama sessions are enjoyed by grown-ups as much as they are by their children, and promote communication and confidence along the way.
One-stop breakfast canteen for both Saturday and Sunday morning. Little Geoff will be open from 8am so crawl out of your tent and roll up at our no bookings breakfast canteen to refuel with a cooked breakfast for both veggies and meat lovers and coffee and Bloody Marys.
If you go down to the woods today look out for secret fairy and elf dwellings. Can you create your own fairy houses to take home? Festival creative director, Judy Reaves, will provide you with everything you need to build your very own fairy kingdom.
Although we think we are in control of our actions, current psychological research shows that our subjective experience of free will may be an illusion and that instead, many of our choices are influenced by a number of different unconscious factors.
Our favourite Gallic Symbol is at ALSO for Friday late-night insouciance featuring many special guests, and his chansons and unique poetry. Kick off your weekend at ALSO20 in style – maybe grab some wine, pull up a hay bale and enjoy paraded before your eyes in a veritable service continu of amuse bouche sets from some of the weekend’s performers, plus inevitably ridiculous happenings at the capable hands of M Lucont. “Fresh, accessible and hilarious” - The Guardian, “Debaucherous, delightful and debonair… Marcel Lucont knows how to put on one hell of a show” - PerthNow, Fringe World Festival
Join us on our Friday Night Feast with Ghana Kitchen. Our guest chef is the exceptionally talented chef, cook book author and one of Time Out's Hottest Chefs - Zoe Adjonyoh who will be bringing her Ghana Kitchen to ALSO to take us on and sharing with us an amazing food journey.
Taking you on a journey of the Northern Coast of Spain, we invite you for a bite & drink at our basque boutique hideaway restaurant. Catch a performance against the backdrop of our serene lily-filled lake.
Today busyness has become a badge of honour, but when it comes to our mental health it's a risky one. Instead, we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care. The award-winning writer and broadcaster, and star of BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond is at ALSO so we can figure out how. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.
Make sweet harmony with our in-festival choir. Under the expert guidance of leading UK vocal coach, Juliet Russell (The Voice, Michael McIntyre's Big Show) learn how to sing, finesse and sculpt your vocal sound and get a huge boost of feel-good chemicals and oxygen while you're here. All levels welcome.
You’ve heard of HIIT and you’ve heard of mindfulness. Well why not get a HIIT of Mindfulness, because you don’t have to be still to be in the moment present. Sarah will help you tune into your body, to be mindful whilst moving and to learn to trust your body’s ability to respond and recover to the demands of high intensity exercise.
Learn about natural plant based skincare and essential oils with Suzie at her workshops.
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 Saturday and Sunday by the witty and wonderful broadcast star, Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us.
Singing pop classics, Rock Choir Coventry and Warwickshire returns to the Also Festival following stellar performances at the Shipston-on-Stour Proms, the Warwick Festival of Voices, and a recording session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.