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 in the UK and globally;

  • to encourage, support, and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences;

  • to embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector;

  • to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

In 2019, the festival featured 250 events organised by 72 universities and research organisations in over 50 towns and cities across the UK. Check out the short film below celebrating the story of the festival so far.

Being Human 2020: ‘New Worlds’

Being Human festival 2020 will take place 12-22 November. Applications for the funded pathways, open call and Being Human Cafes are now closed. Please sign up to the Being Human mailing list here to receive all the latest news and announcements about the festival.