A work in progress, our first wave of speakers, acts, workshops and dining events:
This festival highlight is back for a LIVE socially distanced version. Bring your own hairbrush! Got the moves? Got the lyrics down? Got the backing track? The heat is on! We’re looking for kids and adults who can style it out for the Lip Sync Champion crown. Last year we had dance routines, cool accessories, serious attitude and, of course, fantastic performances. Mic drop. Judged by our incredible expert panel,
Love fashion? Love the environment? Committed to both, and concered you might have to give up your love of fashion to protect the planet. Wait a minute. Why not go deep into your commitment and love of fashion with this double talk with Lauren Bravo interviewed by Sophie Lewis, fashion designer, and author of Dressology: Words for How We Wear for many, many ideas on how we can keep fashion in our lives and why we should.
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 beaming in for 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.
We’re delighted to partner with Cocoa Runners to bring you this indulgent and informative workshop. Taste ten different craft chocolates from around the world. Enjoy how different beans create radically different flavours, tastes, textures and astringency. Unwrap the stories behind each of the bars whilst exploring the background the Craft Chocolate Revolution. It’s a fantastic and fun activity to get your chocolate knowledge rocking. You’ll learn how to read a label and what makes Craft Chocolate taste better, better for you, better for the farmers and better for the planet.
Want to know how we can make the most of this slowdown? Or find out if this has been the worst pandemic in Britain in living memory? The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling has answers and he'll be talking through key infographics to help us understand the pandemic numbers and the coming slowdown. And Salon London’s Helen Bagnall will be channelling her inner Melvyn Bragg and taking on Danny’s claims so we can get lots of answers in one innovative session.
Explore our theme A Place in the Country by capturing the essence of ALSO Social on your phone camera with guidance from Warwickshire based The Tall Photographer. He will help you to create images that convey feelings and tell stories. Wandering through beautiful ALSO together we will look for ways and ideas to make our pictures more engaging whether they are abstract or naturalistic and whatever your previous photographic experience. Want to join - all you'll need is a phone with a camera. Photo credit - Gregg Woodall, ALSO 2019
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.
Award-winning writer and broadcaster, and star of BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond will be inviting us all to re-establish a positive relationship with rest and recovery - two things essential for our health and well-being. Her book, THE ART OF REST, draws on the ground-breaking research 'The Rest Test' and she'll be explaining the science so we can understand what really works and how we can master a more restful and balanced life.
How can we lessen our impact on the world without giving up the experiences and escapes that make life so rich? We’ll be taking a good hard look at how we travel with Juliet Kinsman (eco-travel writer, author of The Green Edit: Travel, founder of Bouteco and founding editor of Mr & Mrs Smith), exploring how we can do it in a way that benefits the planet and lets us enjoy the planning part from our sofas while we consider how to have the best holidays in the future which happen to be more eco-friendly.Info & Booking
What's the best natural product to help with anxiety? Could cannabis cure insomnia? Can you overdose on CBD oil? 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.
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!
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.
As part of our A Place in the Country programming we've invited Outdoors Specialist and Master Herbalist, Simon Birbeck to ALSO to take us on a foraging walking adventure. On this 75 minute exploration of the ALSO countryside, Simon will weave in his knowledge of how our ancestors survived off the land, find out they foraged for medicines and food and understand how to find alternative food sources to find food yourself. Fancy this and are under 8? Bring a grown up along for the foraging fun.
Be part of our Saturday night art happening and installation as part of our theme A Place in the Country with ALSO Social and Citrus Arts. Citrus Arts are a wonderful performing arts company from South Wales who create shows that combine circus, dance and drama with their love for the great outdoors. They will be creating with us an upside down town made from lanterns suspended from the trees fringing the ALSO lake and we want you to take part. Book your place on the lantern workshops through the Saturday and see your lantern be part of the upside town at dusk as you walk through the art installation. Lanterns will be yours to take home.
Join the founder of The Street Tree and author of the acclaimed LONDON'S STREET TREES and LONDON IS A FOREST, Paul Wood as he takes us on a very special Guided Tree Walk through the gorgeous Also Festival forest. Uncovering remarkably diverse habitats, venerable individual trees, as well as the intriguing history, plants and animals that have shaped it, he'll offer us a whole new way of experiencing the festival.
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.
As we gaze at our beautiful setting, seek inner calm and creativity as you let yourself go and discover your inner artist. Free from judgement and self-criticism, this experience is not about the finished product, it’s about you, achieving a state of relaxation and mindfulness, and, trust us, the creativity will flow.
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.
Jill on Top blazed a trail as half of the DJ/Production duo Girls on Top, immediately becoming part of the Mixmag reviews team, topping the bill at DJ gigs all over the UK and featured in iD, DJ Mag, The Face, & TV shows BPM, Hypnosis and Rapture. And they still found time to remix legends like Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Loletta Holloway, Byron Stingily and Gizelle Jackson. Exhausted, Jill finally hung up her headphones to start her own DJ agency in 2003, only coming out of retirement these days for special one-offs like ALSO Social!
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.
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.
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 is at ALSO to explore the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful species on Earth and help us reflect on the way we now want to evolve beyond the pandemic.
‘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.
Got a question you really want to ask? Also Festival’s favourite psychotherapist, Philippa Perry - author of Sunday Times bestselling, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) - is 'in residence' in our wonderful Capability Brown setting. This is a chance to have a chat with Philippa and ask her about your most precious relationships under lockdown and easing back into the new normal.
The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Hear from “the nation's muse” and the critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes in a world premiere for her extraordinary new book, PANDORA'S JAR as she redresses this imbalance and puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk.
Yoga teacher and 4160Tuesdays founder, Sarah McCartney brings two of her super skills together to lead a Scented Yoga session. Book on this workshop for a most unusual and enjoyable yoga session.Info & Tickets
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.
The ALSO Running Club is back for 2020. Start your Saturday morning with a gentle 5k around the Warwickshire countryside. All levels of ability are catered for.
Join us for an extraordinary double talk as we go deep into the role music can play in rest. With neuroscientist Prof Catherine Loveday who's long-term fascination with music in the brain has led to a number of leading academic studies looking into cognitive and neuronal aspects of music processing and award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer, Claudia Hammond who's book THE ART OF REST explores the relationship between music and rest.
Join us for Mythic Yoga Flow, an integrated yoga practice created by Sianna Sherman with storytelling of myth, mantra, mudra, movement and magic. In a transformational fusion of form and flow in yoga, Claire will seamlessly weave in stories of the deities, mudras, mantras to create a dynamic yoga practice. For ALSO Social, our guest deity will be Saraswati, the Goddess of Creativity - to help unblock and fuel your creative flow.
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!
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.
A chance to experience this ancient Chinese art. As a moving meditation, Quigong’s practice helps to strengthen and balance the body while also bringing the mind into the here and now. With no previous experience required, this gentle physical exercise is suitable for all - so there's no excuse not to give it a go!
To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running Double Talk sessions with our incredible speakers. Double Talk gives you time to get your thoughts together post-talk, and to explore the speakers’ ideas in more depth, in a smaller group, and in a more relaxed session. Double Talk sessions will need to be booked on.
We’re delighted to have poetry from Zafar Bhatti from Poets for Peace. Poets for Peace aims are to bring poets together from across the community to break down barriers and promote social cohesion. We think poetry is a wonderful means to achieve this. The artistry of the spoken word gives life to inner thoughts and feelings, flowing from one heart to the next. ‘Poets for Peace’, an initiative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, intends to present a range of Poetry from a variety of inspirational Poets, hoping their words will touch upon your heart, helping us to realise the beauty contained within every faith and community.
For ALSO children big and small. Our woodland wonders will excite them all! Nature play and adventure of the magical kind. Explore and create with the things that you find. Claim your Also woodland medal on completion.
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.
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. “A wonderful, evocative piece of songwriting” Clash magazine “Music pours out of Jasmine Rodgers” For Folk’s Sake “Fantastic Music” Edi Stark, BBC Scotland
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.
‘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...
With that Also feel they'll be no race, As you look, find and wander at your own gentle pace.
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 the witty and wonderful broadcast star Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday with us.
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.
Hear from Tim Finch, a leading campaigner & writer on refugee and migrant issues as he discusses his gorgeous new novel, PEACE TALKS - a taut and luminous love story about peace, violence, and conflict negotiation; of the ceaseless mediation between loss and the human heart. Tim will be in conversation with Byte The Book's Justine Solomons as we ask, is fiction - or art more generally - a better way of approaching difficult problems?
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. Lauren will be in conversation with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall.
Take some time to allow yourself to recharge your mind, body and spirit. Join Sarah from Sankalpa Yoga for a candlelit meditation 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.
Bushcraftaway! Bushcraftaway! Bushcraftaway! We have Wild Adventures and Bushcraft supremo, Simon Birbeck as our very own eco therapist at ALSO Festival this year. Book on to one of the two bushcraft survival sessions he is running deep in the ALSO woods to understand from ALSO's expert how to manage the basics of fire, water, shelter, food when living off grid -all seemingly essential skills for 2020. Fancy this and are under 8? Bring a grown up along for the bushcraft bonanza.
Ever wondered how our ancestors managed without string, and rope and twine? Did you know nettles could be used, yes - with nettle cordage they could make bows, clothes, traps, fishing line and bind shelters. Even now when on your outdoor adventures in the wild cordage can be helpful to tie things together: boots, clothes and even rucksacks. In our session, you'll get to equip yourself with an essential survival skill by learning how to make cordage out of nettles - whilst making a bracelet for your wrist.
Playing music for the enjoyment of others has propelled Ferdie since he saved up for his first boombox. From rocking university halls with his Maxell C90 mixtapes to graduating with DJ honours onto festival stages. Barrio boss man Ferdie can now be found at the helm of his DJ bars across London, feeding the masses with his own colourful take on music, accompanied by a few choice cocktails along the way. A keen collector of remixes and re-edits, expect an excursion on well-loved versions. With no genres left unturned and no songs out of bounds, Ferdie’s unashamed mash-up of party-beats and singalong classics will get you all in a funk-frenzy!
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.