Covid-19: Deadline extension

Covid-19: Deadline extension

Being Human festival update

In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, at present our intention is for Being Human festival 2020 to go forward as planned, from 12-22 November. Like everyone, we are monitoring the situation closely and discussing contingency plans, including increased online activity over the coming months.

Now more than ever we need the wisdom, creativity, solace, and understanding that the humanities bring to an uncertain world. We will make every effort to keep everyone informed as plans and possibilities evolve.

Call for applications: deadline extended

We appreciate that everyone is having to adapt rapidly to totally new ways of working, and often taking on new work/juggling with home life challenges. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to take part in the festival. With that in mind we are extending the deadline for our funding grants.

Our revised deadlines are:

  • Friday 29 May – ‘Small Award’ and ‘Hub Award’ application deadline
  • Friday 12 June – ‘Open Call’ application deadline (unchanged)

Find out more about how to apply here.

Being Human online

There’s every reason to be optimistic that social distancing measures will be lifted by November, and that people will be embracing the chance to come together at live events again.

As we look ahead, however, we are encouraging festival applicants to think creatively about contingencies. How might events and activities might work in a social distancing context just in case any restrictions are still in place… Could a performance be live streamed? Could a planned pub quiz take place via Zoom? Could a tea and talk happen virtually?

They may not be needed, but we would like to encourage applicants to factor some ‘easy win’ contingencies into the creative and innovative thinking that the festival always prompts. We hope to produce some resources to help you plan along these lines as we move forward – watch this space!

Being Human in a ‘new world’

Who knew that our ‘New Worlds’ theme for this year’s festival would end up being so topical? We are all living in, and planning for, a world that seems quite different from the one that we were in at the start of the year… It’s a world that has become much more difficult for many.

At the same time, it’s a world that is prompting huge outpourings of human innovation, creativity and solidarity. We are hoping that Being Human 2020 will be a forum for and testament to some of that spirit. We look forward to receiving your applications!


Applications for this year’s festival are now open. Find out more about how to get involved here.

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