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 2019 festival will take place 14-23 November on the theme ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

There are three ways to get involved in the Being Human festival. The full call for all pathways is available as a downloadable PDF or as individual pathways below.

‘Small Awards’ pathway

Apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

‘Hub Awards’ pathway

Apply for a larger grant of £2,000-£4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival hub.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

‘Open Call’ pathway

Organise an activity that does not require funding.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

Making an application

The deadline for funded application is 8 April 2019 and for the ‘Open Call’ pathway is 3 June 2019.

If you are thinking of making an application to Being Human 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.