Sunday's exceptional programme is full of fabulously entertaining experts and writers from the worlds of ideas, philosophy, and comedy.
An introductory Charleston dance workshop for kids! With music that will get your toes tapping, you will learn classic moves, games and exercises. We will then put them together in a short routine. Ages 8+
The UK leads the world in the experimental process of gene editing and we’ll hear from CRISPR scientist Dr Alasdair Russell exactly where we are in a) editing fatal diseases out of our DNA b) creating viruses that could eradicate entire swathes of the population and c) bringing back the woolly mammoth (in that order, obviously).
Join Carolyn by the lake for a sequence of stretches to wake up the body and breathe deeply and fully; bring some warm layers to wrap around you for some breathing explorations and enjoy getting into a bit of mindful sound-making.
Join Ex-Marine Commando and ALSO’s Production Manager, David Hamblett in creating woodland hideaways in Dave’s Den Building session. Drop in session between 9am and 11am. Ages 7 +
Tales from the yoga mat is a fun fitness and storytelling experience for children from 0-7years. Led by their yoga teacher and chief storyteller, the children become voyagers of literature and are transported through time and space to great adventures using their bodies to act out each tale.
Darren is one of the few fully certified Clinical Somatic Educators in Europe (and also a yoga teacher with over 20 years experience). Based in Pembrokeshire, Darren has established the UK’s first dedicated Clinical Somatic Education Centre and regularly delivers workshops, trainings and retreats throughout the UK. Join him for a Wired and Tired session where he'll guide you through some of the common restrictions formed in response to stress, injury and over-effort – and how to use specific movement patterns to ease-fully press reset.
Join renowned psychotherapist, Philippa Perry as she leads us through a guided visualisation, one she has designed specifically for the Also Festival. Grab your coffee and find yourself a hay bale to sit on and begin the day beautifully as Philippa framed by a fabulous view of the lake as she takes you through her Isle of Noises visualisation. Designed to encourage, well-being and happiness and enabling you to connect with yourself, with nature, with those you love and indeed the whole world, what could be a better way to start your festival Sunday?
Musician and writer Dave Randall will be at ALSO to explain 'Sound System - The Political Power of Music'. His book is a brilliant exploration of how music and politics came together from the banned chords of the 12th Century - through the slave rebellions - to the free festival movement, and he’ll explore just how music can be used to change the world.
Sunday morning at The Also Festival grab yourselves a cup of coffee and join Sky Broadcaster and journalist, Nichi Hodgson and her festival friends will be bringing the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session. Featuring guest speakers from the day's programming at the festival.
Take part in a whimsical drawing and paper art event. Fresh from Royal Academy of Art, Art Macabre bring their Paper Theatre outdoors for the first time. Use your imagination to create fantastical costumes, accessories and props for our life models- all from paper!
Explore the aromas of our small city in a field with ALSO's own perfumer, Sarah McCartney. We'll stroll, crawl and stand still on a short olfactory adventure, then create an invisible painting with aroma materials to scent your tent.
"I'm in the phone booth, it's the one across the hall"... Learn to sing Hanging on the Telephone. the classic Blondie song from Also's Album of the Festival, Parallel Lines, with leading UK vocal coach, Juliet Russell. All are welcome - a willingness to sound like a telephone for the first 2 bars is essential.
Come along and explore themes of deception, belief, and enchantment with University of Warwick’s Dr Fabio Camilletti. He'll be at ALSO to discuss his research into phantasmagoria - the most popular form of visual entertainment that existed before cinema and specialised in thrilling audiences with macabre illusions created through trickery and science.
Ease into Sunday morning in this relaxing yet stimulating yoga session led by Alo Rs from Yoga Enlights. Through a series of asanas, Alo will encourage everyone to feel the benefits of this beautiful lakeside location, and help you to connect to your deepest sense of self.
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Experience the Also Festival from a different perspective and book on one of wild swimming expert Suzanna’s guided nature swims in our gorgeous half-mile lake. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the lake and build on your wild swimming skills with one of the UK's experts. Over 18s only.Info & Tickets
Flâneur and irrepressible commentator Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks delve into the science behind popular culture. Looking at our favourite and most iconic films and explaining the science within.
A revolution on the roads is approaching. Guardian news correspondent Peter Walker will be at ALSO to take us on a journey around the world, exploring the varying attitudes to cycling on our highways. He'll explain how rebuilding towns and cities for everyday cycling makes societies healthier, more equal and built around the needs of human beings.
We are really excited to offer children the opportunity to appear in an abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. No age limit but children will be required to read scripts.Info & Booking
Humans are story-making creatures but is that good for us? As we package our experience of life into neat stories, maybe we lose more than we gain. Margaret Heffernan will be at ALSO to explain what is false about the narrative fallacy.
As a guitarist, composer and producer, Dave Randall is renowned for his work with Faithless, has contributed to multi-million selling albums by Dido and performed globally with artists including Baaba Maal, Michael Stipe, Neneh Cherry and Sinead O'Connor. He has spent his life immersed in music, writing and politics; all beautifully combined in his book Sound System. Discover what drives him, what inspires him and get to know the tracks that have have accompanied his seminal moments.
The Woodland Tales session is for ages 2-7years and is a tale woven around the natural world, with activities. All Forest School activities take place in our wonderful woodland setting overlooking the ALSO site and led by our fully qualified Forest School instructor, Andrea Duxbury.
Cabaret? West Side Story? Jesus Christ Superstar? If you're a fan of emotions getting so high you've just gotta sing - you won't miss this session for the world. If not, don't worry the venue for this event is completely soundproofed. However, we KNOW some of our ALSO-ers are looking for the opportunity to belt out 'I Know Him So Well' and their like, with a live piano accompanist, and we want to be the ones who make that dream come true. You're welcome.
Award-winning historian and author of The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey is at ALSO to tell the terrifying story of the growth of early Christianity. Find out exactly what happened last time we turned away from knowledge, fact and evidence for a simpler, more spiritual time. Yikes.
Viv Groskop’s literary self-help memoir, The Anna Karenina Fix explores the essential Life Lessons from Russian Literature. This extraordinary book has been picked as A SPECTATOR Book of the Year, An OBSERVER Book of the Year and A TIMES Book of the Year, and because of all of this love and because it’s such an accessible way of approaching ‘the Russians’, we've made it our 2018 in festival non fiction Book Club choice.
Learn the simple art of Clerihew writing and pen your own verse capturing your ALSO experience. A lovely reminder of your time at the Also Festival. Please book in advance. Age 5 +Info & Booking
This live performance workshop combines original songs with audience participation. Francisco, accompanied by Philip Garret, will take us on a musical journey of melodies and rhythms from Latin America, Africa and the world, turning the audience into an impromptu orchestra and becoming part of the show. If you love to be involved and spend time immersed in wondrous rhythms, you will be in your element!
To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running a Double Talk session in our lakeside bookshop a little while after Rick and Michael’s talk. 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.
More and more academics are using entertaining ways to get ideas out to audiences. While over in the world of comedy - comics are writing cleverer and cleverer shows that explore the cutting edge of ideas and science. Academic, Sophie Scott, comic actor and writer, Robin Ince and broadcaster/classicist Natalie Haynes have been at the forefront of this trend from the beginning. Join them and friends to understand why and how.
Nature-based crafts to make and take away for all ages. All Forest School activities take place in our wonderful woodland setting overlooking the ALSO site and led by our fully qualified Forest School instructor, Andrea Duxbury.
A workshop for the whole family to enjoy. Children's poet Myles McLeod will perform a selection of his funny poems. Then award-winning illustrator Evgenia Golubeva will lead a workshop. Draw your own illustrations to accompany the poems. If you have your own silly poems, bring them along too.
Do you know how much space affects you day to day? Why is it useful to society in general as well as in your daily life? Does this mean we should continue to spend money on space, especially on things like a spaceport in Cornwall or Scotland? Let Dr Adam Baker tell you a bit about Spaceports and why the UK might find one useful, why rockets and satellites are hard to do but are really useful, and just what the future for space travel holds and what it might mean for you.
Don’t miss our Ibiza Beach Brunch. Our paella is cooked to order in our stunning pop-up restaurant Getaria, named after the Spanish home of our Head of Dining, Rebecca Otero.Info & Tickets
Xylaroo are a sister duo act with a refreshing take on folk music. Having travelled the world in their youth, starting in Papua New Guinea and ending in London via Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Kent, it is fair to say they have seen a lot. These experiences are vocalised in beautiful harmonies that drapse over familiarly folk-y vibes but in a way we haven’t heard before.
Do moments of wonder make us nicer people? Yes says Caspar Henderson and in fact, experiencing awe helps us to feel more human. Wonder is a state of deep attention in which we feel good and think clearly, and connect to phenomena beyond ourselves. It has never been more important to cultivate than in an era when we are all distracted all of the time. He'll be at ALSO to explain how we can search out these modern marvels.
In a magnificent mangling of Darwin, we’ve been brought up to believe that competition is what drives the best to the top. But everywhere we look, it seems to have the opposite effect: driving corruption and waste. Why doesn’t competition work - and is there another game in town?
This family session offers a chance to connect with self, loved ones and the environment through touch and movement games, massage, stretching and relaxation
Come along and learn some high-energy Bhangra and Hip Hop moves as we walk you through a complete dance routine from start to finish. We are Vikram and Mrinal Seth, two brothers who were born and raised in London, and grew up listening to Bhangra and Hip Hop music in the 90s. We created Bounce Bhangra as a way to celebrate the music, dance and culture that we love so much.
In this hour-long treasure hunt of song lyrics, key lyrics from famous songs will be acted out around the festival site. It's up to you to decipher the lyrics being acted out in front of your very eyes, and the song it comes from. Imagine a man in leopard skin jeggings in a boat zipping across the lake with his sails a-flutter. It's Rod Stewart's 'I Am Sailing'. Simple! Meet at The Information Tent.
Tips from the top and with DJ Vertigo in control we mean from the very top. This super successful session always draws kids keen to have a go. Yes, our resident DJ Vertigo passes the magic on to kids who are curious how to DJ in a rapid-fire have-a-go environment. Learn to beatmix and get any dancefloor eating out of the palm of your hand. Essential skillz for the next generation of Dave and Davina Doubledecks.
Want a 'proper' Sunday lunch? Well, join James Knights Chef's Table for his Brit Roast - a joint of meat roasted to perfection, seasonal veggies, roasties, Yorkshire puddings, homemade gravy, and pudding.Info & Tickets
Viv Groskop knows from personal experience that everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in Russian Literature. She’ll be at ALSO to explain how the lives and works of the great Russian writers can help us work out how to live - the subject of her literary self-help memoir, The Anna Karenina Fix.
Laughter has a crucial role to play in sustaining communication with our nearest and dearest. It is also UCL neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott's area of exceptional research. Sophie gave the prestigious Royal Institutions lectures this year and is at ALSO to help us understand the effect of laughter on the brain.
We are excited to explore Margaret Heffernan's inner life through her musical choices. Margaret is an entrepreneur, CEO, writer and keynote speaker - and a huge part of Also 2018. Her writing challenges the status quo and encourages us to think bigger, work better and collaborate more generously. Join us for this unique and enlightening in conversation with a difference.
Sophie is a fresh young singer from Hampshire, who performs across the south coast, With a mature sound and pop sensibility, she adds a soulful tone to modern lyrics alongside old-time R&B classics.
After you've learnt the ropes in the DJ-ing for Kids masterclass, sign up to our Dusted Vinyl for Kids session. This is an Also Festival exclusive session where you get to choose the tunes and introduce the audience to the music that you LOVE, and it means you can literally have fifteen minutes of fame at a festival.
Learn the process of mono screenprinting with Underway Studio. In this introduction to screenprinting, you will learn the background of this printing method and use paper stencils to build a layered screen print of your own design. Walk away from the festival with your very own piece of art!Info & Tickets
LSE anthropologist, Jason Hickle is on the main stage at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday. Jason is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Guardian columnist and author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions and his message is a fascinating reversal of what we think we know about global poverty. With knowledge and clear thinking, he'll explain possible to increase the quality of life for us all and, within a generation, we can reverse the inequality that is at the root of many of today’s conflicts. Don't miss the chance to find out how to be part of the solution.
By Sunday afternoon (usually) the sun is blazing, and everyone is beautifully mellow from a weekend of delights. The perfect soundtrack to this has been a site-wide DJ set to match the mood. Previous years have seen Justin Robertson, DJ Paulette, Greg Wilson and Dave Haslam wreaking sun-laden havoc across the hearts and minds of the blissed-out crowd.
This megatastic, ukelele-based band has six ukes, a bass uke and a cajon drum to beat! Skilful masters of reengineering classic and modern pop songs. From Stealer's Wheel to the Uptown Funk, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re 'Dancing in the Dark' or 'Dancing in the Moonlight' ya'll be dancing and that's what counts!!
To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running a Double Talk session in our lakeside bookshop a little while after Sophie’s talk. 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.
Living Under Indifferent Gods with writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes. Hosted by Salon London's Helen Bagnall.
We’re so pleased to have the award-winning comedien and Infinite Monkey Cage host Robin Ince at ALSO to present for the very last time his ‘Pragmatic Insanity’ show – a story of love, death and art – he’ll be explaining how we see what we believe and we believe what we see.
To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running a Double Talk session in our lakeside bookshop a little while after Jason’s talk. 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.
Combining electronica and dance floor influences with emotional song writing, Jono McNeil brings his latest album Broken Lives to Also. A product of his musical and personal reinvention, the lyrical content cuts deeply into his coming out experiences, it is also a journey of triumph and reconciliation. All captured in smooth electronic sounds, deep beats and rich vocal soundscapes.
To close the food element of the festival and for those who want to eek out their weekend a little bit more we will be convening a final island wines and cocktail club. Join us to take a tour of the greatest Island vintners in the world and taste their best wines and cocktails (including Seedlip cocktails for those who have to get back in the car/camper van), and hear the stories behind those holiday tastes.Info & Tickets
Rockers Pretty Thieving are a group of four young local lads who, since forming last summer, have released a single called 'Bootleg'. They recently their debut EP, "Sunday Morning 9AM, which includes their killer track 'My 23' - recently played on BBC Introducing. With epic and anthemic choruses, they bring an energetic fresh take on indie rock.
For the brave, the foolhardy, the beautiful and the free, and the ones who can't remember where the exit is, the ALSO Closing Party is a chance to look back and allow the weekend to soak in accompanied by great music from covers band Little Blue House. Take in the stunning view, drink in hand, whilst coming to terms with the amount of information, thought, ideas and downright fun you've been subjected to. Sometimes the only thing for it is to sit and think. And drink.