Antidote are a London based playful events company who since 2008 have created opportunities for people to shake off the day.
We do that by running uplifting and unusual music, dance and games sessions every week that act as an antidote to the seriousness of everyday London life. Wholesome escapism is what we call it.
Old school playground games are Antidote’s trademark sessions. But stopping at Games would be boring right? So whether it’s Djembe Drumming, BellyBolly or perhaps Soul Singing, you’ll be sure to find some pretty inventive ways to be entertained and uplifted with us.
At Antidote we pride ourselves on our network of friendly facilitators, ones who’ve mastered their crafts and love working with people.
We’ve worked with big venues such as the Southbank Centre on a young peoples’ rights festival and with small organizations such as St Paul’s Cancer on staff wellbeing sessions. You can find us on Radio 4 talking about the positive impact of our work and also at International festivals like Counterplay running interactive Play & Authenticity sessions. In a way you could say we’re serious about play.
Antidote believes that through playfulness and discovery we can lead happier, more fulfilling lives. So come join us, and get some wholesome escapism.
Joanneke van de Woestijne
Head of Programming and Production
Joanneke joined Antidote in 2012 and runs the programming and production of all events. After graduating as a contemporary dancer, she started creating performances, teaching dance and producing site-specific theatre events with her collective 3s A Crowd. The philosophy of using playful events as a way to live a healthy life style and connect to others, makes her feel very at home at Antidote. Joanneke has a desire to make things happen and loves upcycling, baking and travelling to distant places.
Creative Content Coordinator
Elena coordinates Antidote’s creative content, administration and copywriting. She has a background in producing and supporting Off West End theatre; performance, new writing and social engagements projects are hugely important to her. Before coming to Antidote she worked with companies such as Time Won’t Wait and the Deptford Lounge in a theatre producing capacity and freelanced on numerous arts education and writing projects across the UK. Games, playfulness and human connection colour her life. Her other interests include painting, teaching yoga and patting every dog that crosses her path.