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 a 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 2018, the festival featured 250 events organised by 73 universities and research organisations in around 50 towns and cities across the UK.


Being Human 2019: ‘Discoveries & Secrets’

The deadline for submitting an application to be part of Being Human 2019 has now passed. However, if you have a last minute idea that you’d like to discuss please get in touch with us at beinghuman@sas.ac.uk - whilst we can't make any guarantees for inclusion in the festival programme we would still like to hear from you. Applications for Being Human festival 2020 will open in January 2020. Please sign up to the Being Human mailing list here to receive all the latest news and announcements about the festival.

If you are thinking of making an application to Being Human in the future you might find it useful to refer to our case studies of previous best practice events and take a look through our past programmes. We also have an FAQ’s page if you would like to know more about the festival and the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your question here please contact the team at beinghuman@sas.ac.uk.

A PDF version of our festival Terms and Conditions is available here: Terms and Conditions 2019.