Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Being Human festival update

Being Human festival 2020 is going forward as planned, from 12-22 November. Like everyone, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and have encouraged all festival organisers to incorporate contingency plans for their festival events and activities – including increased online activity and socially-distanced face-to-face events.

Now more than ever we need the wisdom, creativity, solace, and understanding that the humanities bring to an uncertain world.

Being Human online

We hope that social distancing measures will be lifted by November, and that people will be embracing the chance to come together at live events again.

However, we are encouraging festival organisers to think creatively about their contingency plans. 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 socially-distanced tea and talk take place locally with your neighbours or local community? We have put together some practical tips and ideas here.

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.


Find out more about how to get involved in this year’s here.