Jamie Catto, Andro, Mizike Afropean Choir, Marcel Lucont, Berlin based singer Ben Barritt, a workout with Disco Barre, and a DJ Set from Lloyd Bradley are amongst the musical offerings at the intimate Also Festival returns for a 3rd year, taking place over three days this year from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2016 at Park Farm, Compton Verney, in Warwickshire 9 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Faithless founding member Jamie Catto helms a session on how to unlock passions and will also take part in Also's Soundtrack to My Life, sharing the tracks that mean the most to him. Plus Andro, the singer from the band Jungle, and DJs to be announced will provide the soundtrack for Sunday.
Following the theme of 'Chance', festival-goers are encouraged to experience something new over the weekend. The Also Choir sessions sees festival co-founder and lead vocal coach for The Voice, Juliet Russell, help novice and experienced singers raise their game before a performance with a festival artist.
Who are we really? With Psycho Games, Redstone Press and Also team up to present takes on famous personality tests like the Rorschach Inkblot Test and the Thematic Apperception Test to find out just that and how other people might see differently.
Plus Bhangra on the Beach, Cocktail Hour in the Orangery with Oxford University Experimental Psychology Departments group of Crossmodalists, and mapping areas of the brain and recreating scientific experiments with leading academics. Cabaret Fantastique showcases the best, boldest and most beautiful in cabaret and scent expert Lizzie Ostrom, a.k.a Odette Toilette, pushes the brain's capacity of sensation with a perfumed swim in the lake. Further highlights across the weekend include Rockaoke, Rave Yoga, Lip Sync Battles and for the brave, open-mic stand up comedy with The Taste of Funny Gong Show.
Also's programming encourages experiences without constraints, whether that's learning how to survive an apocalypse, trying a hand at stand-up, watching a band or sitting down to a three course dinner in the festival's beautiful dining tent.
Across the weekend the festival will welcome professors, authors, theorists and more to share their ideas and bring them to life in a live setting. Books by speakers will be on sale for those who want to explore those ideas even further at home. Their guests include Cambridge University Professor for Risk Sir David Spiegelhalter, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Scilla Ellworthy talks about forgiveness, psychotherapist Philippa Perry discusses philosophy, author and classicist Natalie Haynes explains how to learn transcendent lessons about life from the Ancient World, Dr Lewis Dartnell of the UK Space Agency gives an insight into how to restart the world in the event of a catastrophe, and leading artificial intelligence expert, UCL's Dr Robert E Smith, will answer questions on the future of Artificial Intelligence and how we'll co-exist with super smart computers.
Magic meets science with Dr Gustav Kuhn of Goldsmith's University as he brings experts from both sides to see what they can learn from each other. Dr Ben Allanach will be bringing festival-goers up to speed on what the Large Hadron Collider could tell us about life, the universe and beyond. Oxford University's Professor of Social Geography Danny Dorling looks at how and why to redress the balance between the powerful 1% and everyone else.
The children's programme for families includes astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell separating science fact from science fiction with young budding astronauts asking him questions about space and beyond. DJing for Kids is back as DJ Vertigo with a hands-on session behind the decks. Also is partnering with multi-arts group As-Creatives to deliver even more children-friendly content and for teenagers only, Sir David Spiegelhalter gives advice on navigating the teenage years in a special q&a.
Also's dining tent down by the lake will be serving a seasonal menu sourced within 10 miles of the festival, The Fat Chance Banquet offers a menu curated by James Knight and Rebecca Otero served with a game of chance, magic and psychology developed by a leading illusionist. French comedian and connoisseur Marcel Lucont pairs Wine and Philosophy in a tasting session, and throughout the weekend there will be a whole host of pop up food events to enjoy.
Tickets are priced at £75, and a campervan pass is £35.
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