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Get involved in Being Human

Festival overview

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

The festival will return in 2019 between the 14 and 23 November and will explore the theme ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

Getting involved

Our call for applications will be launched in early 2019. If you want to receive the call as soon as it goes out, please sign up for our newsletter. 

Case studies

If you are planning to propose a Being Human festival activity in 2019 you might find it useful to refer to our case studies, which offer examples of best practice, as well as tips and hints from organisers from previous festivals.


Eligibility criteria vary across the pathways above. However, all activities featured in the festival programme must:

• demonstrate aspects of humanities research in ways that are entertaining and accessible for non-specialist audiences
• have direct involvement from a humanities researcher in delivering the event
• be free to attend if funded by Being Human, and no more than £5 to attend if self-funded
• be held during the festival dates.

A PDF version of our festival Terms and Conditions is available here: Terms and Conditions 2018

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