We’re delighted to confirm our lineup for this year’s Secret Garden Party festival. Inspired by our involvement in Hubbub, we’ve invited scientists, engineers, historians, philosophers, artists and musicians to grace the stage of the Guerilla Science tent on 24-26 July…   

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Image: Liam Jackson

Friday

11:00 – Welcome to the Mini Zoo

Resident zookeeper Tim Maynard gets things off to a relaxed start with a tour of the cold blooded but playful animal kingdom.

12:00 – Rest & Noise Shorts

Crash, bang, shush, zzz… four short talks about rest and noise from artist Zach Walker, psychologist Will Lawn and neuroscientists Ed Bracey and Melissa Ellamil.

 13.00 Speed, Synapse… Go!

Two teams go head-to-head in a competition to see whose neurotransmitters can move the fastest. What happens when cocaine, marijuana and ketamine are introduced? Join us for some fast and furious neuroscientific gameplay.

14.00 Science Pub Quiz

Our annual quiz tests your knowledge of rest, noise and play. Hosted and concocted by neuroscientists (and brain-teasers) Estrid Jakobsen and Mark Lauckner.

15.00 Craft a Connectome

Help us transform the Guerilla Science tent into a giant model brain with a tangle of woolen connections. Neuroscientists Julia Huntenburg and Melissa Ellamil will be on hand to conduct our connectome and coax it into a resting state.

16.00 Sound, Fire and Water

We test out our new toy: a fire organ that visualises sound in flames! Join engineers from Buro Happold and artist Zach Walker as we make fire, water and cornstarch dance and jump to the beat.

Saturday

11.00 Hearing the Voice

Philosopher Sam Wilkinson explores the idea of the brain as a hypothesis testing machine. He asks whether thinking about the mind in this way can help explain mental illness, hallucinations and the voices in our heads.

12.00 An Interactive History of Relaxation  

Unwind with medical historian Ayesha Nathoo in a workshop that explores the techniques people have used to aid rest and reduce tension over the last 100 years, including meditation, physiotherapy and yoga.

13.00 Strange Sensations  

Explore the peculiar world of ASMR and find out whether you get brain tingles. The internet is awash with videos designed to make people tingle (no, not like that!) but this perceptual phenomenon is not well understood. Psychologists Giulia Poerio, Thomas Hostler and Emma Blakey investigate.

14.00 Speed, Synapse… Go!

Two teams go head-to-head in a competition to see whose neurotransmitters can move the fastest. What happens when cocaine, marijuana and ketamine are introduced? Join us for some fast and furious neuroscientific gameplay.

15.00 – The Unquiet Mind

Hallucinations are our contact with the unreal but are also a window into human nature. Neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Vaughan Bell reveals what they tell us about brain function and the limits of human experience.

16.00 – Sound, Fire and Water

See flames leap and liquids dance. More flames and sonic spectacles from the Buro Happold engineers and artist Zach Walker.

Sunday

11.00 Sleep Lab

How long is it since you last had forty winks? Chronobiologist Alexis Webb investigates the sleeping habits of festival-goers – from night owls and power nappers to those that have been up three days straight.

12.00 Phantom Terrains

Frank Swain and Daniel Jones present their project to listen in to wireless networks. By streaming wi-fi signals to a pair of hearing aids, Frank can hear the changing landscapes of data that silently surround us.

13.00 Rest and Nose

Join chemists Rose Gray and Alex Bour and neuroscientist Ed Bracey to explore the links between relaxation, rest and sense of smell. Create a perfume to lull yourself to sleep, help you unwind and evoke a peaceful place or time.

15.00 Fire Organ Finale

Our resident engineers and artist Zach Walker finish off our festival on a high, with fire, music and plenty of bass.

Out & About

Mini Zoo

Scorpions, chameleons, geckos, snakes. Yay!

Sleep Lab

Discover your chronotype – owl or lark – and take part in our survey of festival sleeping habits.

Be the Tree!

Trees need CO2 to grow, can you give the kiss of life? Or will the wheel of fortune deal disaster upon your saplings? Up to 20 players race to fill a giant board with their trees.

Rest the Best  

Test a neuro headset and discover how scientists measure the brain at rest, with hosts Sabine Oligschläger and Johannes Golchert.

Restival

Slow Coach Rhett Griffiths (aka Pep Human) invites you to enter the Rest Zone and discover new strategies for rest, relaxation and peace of mind.