Led by the School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Established in 2014, and taking place annually at venues across the UK, the festival offers an annual national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.
The aims of the Being Human festival are to:
- Demonstrate the value of humanities research to society and culture in the UK and globally
- Encourage, support, and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-academic audiences
- Demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life
- Enhance public visibility and understanding of the humanities
In 2016, the festival featured over 250 free events organised by 70 Universities and Independent Research Organisations in 45 towns and cities across the UK.
This year, the festival will return between 17-25 November with a new theme, ‘Lost and Found’. The call for applications is available online.