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 2017, the festival featured over 300 free events organised by 70 universities and independent research organisations in 45 towns and cities across the UK.

Origins and Endings

The 2018 festival will take place 15-24 November on the theme ‘Origins and Endings’.

There are three ways to get involved in the Being Human festival:

‘Open call’ pathway

Organise an activity that does not require a direct financial contribution from Being Human that will be supported and promoted as part of our programme.

‘Small awards’ pathway

Apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.

‘Hub awards’ pathway

Apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year).