27th - 29th December 2020: A winter festival of talks, Q&As, workshops and performances to carry you into the new year.
Our headliners Tarsus welcome you to ALSO Twixtmas . . .
ALSO Director, Helen Bagnall and guests will be running through the big ideas and what’s on offer, to help guide you through ALSO's Twixtmas Festival
It's Demo Time! Be shaken and stirred as the ALSO regulars, the fabulous Crafty Boys - Charlie and Louis Hamblett reveal how to make the perfect ALSO espresso martini. Be ready to go with vodka, Kahlúa, espresso and coffee beans.
Cook along with us before this session - and bring your food to the screen as we discuss the meaning and roots of generosity and hospitality with author and founder of Authors for Peace, Priya Basil.
Afterwards, join us for special ALSO social supper club on Zoom.
We are so thrilled to have White Tail Falls as part of our ALSO programming with three new, beautiful and evocative tracks recorded for your soundtrack to Twixtmas, they are peppered throughout our festival, based on some time he spent in New York, they tell the story of how our lives can become brighter.
Radio presenter, podcaster and journalist, Julia Raeside, is at Twixtmas 2020 to review of all the options to watch on TV - helping you curate your Twixtmas TV.
French showman Marcel Lucont - socially distant before it was cool, stars in ALSO Twixtmas with a suitably riotous variety show. Featuring guests: Virgin Xtravaganzah (international cult cabaret icon) and Silvia Pavone (BBC1’s The John Bishop Show)
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! He'll even be taking requests at ALSO Twixtmas.
Mythic Yoga Flow is an integrated yoga practice with storytelling of myth, mantra, mudra, movement and magic. In a transformational fusion of form and flow, Claire seamlessly weaves in stories of the deities, mudras, mantras to create a dynamic and relevant yoga practice. This Twixtmas, Claire will introduce you to the elephant headed God, Ganesha. He is known as the Lord of the Threshold and holds this transitional space for us. To find out more, and how he came by the head of an elephant, join us for this grounding yoga workshop.
Bake your own delicious cinnamon buns in ALSO’s cook-along-workshop with Jess and Liz from Bread for Life in this session designed to help you create some serious Scandinavian style for your Twixtmas.
Delving into human relationships. Knot sees two male dancers using extreme physicality, complex lifts and contact choreography, to explore the many facets of human relationships through physical expression.
Metacognitive specialist Dr Pia Callesen author of Live More Think Less beams in from Denmark to explain her research into how we can take back control of our thinking processes.
Join Frogprince Baby Music for the most lively under 5s music session you’ll have experienced. Stefano Antoci D’agostino leads a multi-instrumental set of nursery rhymes, movie soundtracks and folk, pop and rock classics.
Pre-talks join in our ALSO Twixtmas stretches to help you literally move between sessions. Designed, created and brought to you by Jemima Hoadley, Dance Artist, Maker, performer, facilitator - you may have seen her work at ALSO20 or as part of Can Do Theatre Co.
Broadcast star, Natalie Haynes hosts a News Review of the Year with a panel of comics (who else can make sense of 2020?) including comedian, actor and writer, Robin Ince, comedian, writer, musician and writer Al Murray and comedian, writer and musician Rob Deering. Bring your coffee (you might need an Espresso Martini) and review the year in style with us.
Understand Forest Bathing with the world's foremost expert in forest medicine and the author of Into the Forest: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, Dr Qing Li in this very special live-streamed event translated by Japanese translator, Lindsay Whipp.
As an increasingly polarised America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic 'Evil in Modern Thought', asks what we can learn from post-war Germany about confronting the spectres of the past, the subject of her new book 'Learning from the Germans: Race and The Memory of Evil'.
Margaret Heffernan is the author of six books, including 'Wilful Blindness', named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people. Her most recent book, 'Uncharted: How To Map' The Future was published earlier this year.
2020 has been tough but Everything Isn’t Terrible, and to prove it we have therapist and respected mental health writer, Dr Kathleen Smith beaming in from Washington, DC to explain how her work can help us live a less anxious life.
Put your dilemmas to both Natalie Haynes, author of The Ancient Guide to the Modern World, and Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College, who will give you advice from the ancient world of the classics to the modern dilemmas you are facing.
If you have read Private Eye in the last 9 months, you will know that Dr Phil Hammond, aka 'MD', has been a voice of clarity and reassurance throughout the pandemic and we're delighted to announce him as the presenter of the Queen's Speech at this year's Twixtmas festival.
More scientific evidence is emerging to confirm nature’s place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing, so we’ve asked journalist and author of Losing Eden, Lucy Jones to steer us through the research to help us consider our indoor, disconnected from the natural world, lives anew.
Come and untangle your body in our LIVE digital dance workshop with the award-winning professional dance artist Jemima Hoadley who by the way has 23 years of practice working with getting people just like you to dance.
So Sarah McCartney has two superhero skills. She’s a yoga teacher AND the founder of perfume house 4160 Tuesdays. So, especially for us at ALSO this Twixtmas time we’ve asked her to bring both together to lead our Scented Twixtmas Yoga Session, with vials of perfume sent to the home of those of you who want to but can be enjoyed without. Perfume orders close on 15th December.
Magic Research Lab and Goldsmiths University of London’s, Alice Pailhès will be showing you how magicians are masters of manipulations and how their powerful ways of influencing our decisions can be hacked by those not wearing a black top hat or suspended in a glass box.
Head of Comedy at Also Festival, Alexis Dubus will explain the secrets of creating a great joke in this fabulously entertaining and interactive session.
We’ll be going LIVE with two leading academics, LSE/NYU Prof Dr Christian Busch and award-winning Professor of Strategy and behavioural economist, Chengwei Liu as they discuss how your work luck can be improved in your personal, business and even beyond worlds.
A whisky tasting with a difference. Join author of Chasing The Dram Rachel McCormack and sensory expert Professor Barry Smith to guide you through whisky. Find the right whisky for you, how to drink it like a pro, what to pair it with -including cheese and music! - and take a sensory tour around the experience of drinking Scotch and what it does to you. To make the most of this online tasting bring your own favourites. For the best experience have two/three glasses of different whiskies (preferably Scotch although we will tolerate some Irish interlopers) and together we’ll explore the range of flavours. Raid your fridge for the Xmas cheese and have a whisky and cheese tasting with us as well. We’ll also invite you to experience the effect of sounds on tasting and it works best if you have a pair of headphones at hand. Join us on the 28 December to ring out the old ahead of the new.
Immersive, interactive, and irresistible Cocoa Runners will tempt you to the small screen to try some of the best chocolate in the world. Indulge yourself in the science and art of tasting chocolate and discover the craft, the story and the people beaming in for this ultimate digital chocolate tasting. Booking closes 18th December 2020.
Bruce Nash, the founder of the leading film industry data analysis company, The Numbers, will be beaming in from California to talk to us about films this Twixtmas.
Join award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook and his comedian guests as they play board games with an international flavour
Our big band sound will come from Tarsus (Eloise Macdonald - Violin, Yusuf Narçin - Tuba, Joe Hardy - Accordion and Cabbar Boziye - Percussion) who will get us moving to a collection of songs curated especially for ALSO - featuring Klezmer, French Waltzes, Bulgarian dances, folk music from Macedonia, Brazillian Bossa, Russian drinking songs, Irish jigs and Turkish pop odysseys.
Comedy, poetry, songs and nonsense from a delectable selection of international comedians, compiled and compered by Alexis Dubus.
ALICE FRASER (The Bugle & Tea With Alice podcasts)
CHARLES QUARTERMAN (Nominee: Malcolm Hardee Award For Comic Originality)
CHRISTOPHER BLISS (Comedy Central)
NATHAN CATON (Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week)
ROB DEERING (BBC Radio 2’s Out To Lunch)
SIMON MUNNERY (BBC2’s Attention Scum)
Hosted by ALEXIS DUBUS (Comedy Central, BBC Radio 4’s Word Of Mouth)
Steve Vertigo is our Also Bunker resident. He’s not been let loose in the bunker since last summer. Like everyone he’s been locked down for nine months with occasional exercise. We’re letting him loose for just over an hour before he explodes. Expect funk and dance and bleeps, and nine months squeezed into just over an hour.
What a jam packed day! Here is a lovely ALSO Twixtmas stretch to help you relax before bed. Designed, created and brought to you by Jemima Hoadley, Dance Artist, Maker, performer, facilitator - you may have seen her work at ALSO20 or as part of Can Do Theatre Co.
Trees LIVE- don't miss our we-love-trees ALSO experience with the founder of The Street Tree and author of the acclaimed London is a Forest, Paul Wood.
Covid19 shows that it is possible to shut businesses overnight, cut greenhouse gas emissions and pay people during a transition, showing part of a shimmering sustainable future that could be within our grasp. LIVE from Taiwan - Graeme Maxton and Bernice Maxton-Lee explain how.
We’re proud to be showcasing a new poem from Poets for Peace who bring poets together to break down barriers and promote social cohesion. They hope their words will touch upon your heart and help us all to see the beauty within every faith and community this Twixtmas time.
To help us find our own way to effectively process the stress of this most unusual year, we’ve invited academic psychiatrist of the year, Prof. Carmine Pariante (Kings College London).
In this magazine style show about Works in Progress we'll be chatting to Prof Bobby Duffy author of The Perils of Perception: Why We're Wrong about Nearly Everything about his new book as yes untitled, we’ll then hear from Tawseef Khan about his first non fiction book with a lot to add to public debate The Muslim Problem – Why We’re Wrong About Muslim and Why it Matters publishing in March and then we’ll be hearing from memory expert and neuroscientist Prof Catherine Loveday who’s going to be talking about some of her academic work that is in progress the way that lockdown has affected our memory.
Author, Refinery29, Stylist and Grazia journalist, thrift-lover and reformed fast fashion addict, Lauren Bravo will be talking us through some of the ethical, sustainable and fashion-friendly brands we need to know about.
Bringing together the cutting edge of scientific research with our deep need for myth and wonder, live from Jerusalem, Professor Oren Harman will offer his brilliant reimagining of modern science and ancient mythology the subject of his book Evolutions, 15 Myths that Explain Our World.