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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 2019 festival took place 14 – 23 November across the UK, on the theme ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

The application process

The deadline for submitting an application to be part of Being Human 2019 has now passed. Applications for Being Human festival 2020 will open early in the new year. Please sign up to our mailing list here to receive all the latest news and announcements about the festival.

If you are thinking of making an application to Being Human in the future you might find it useful to refer to our case studies of previous best practice events and take a look through our past programmes. We also have an FAQ’s page if you would like to know more about the festival and the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your question here please contact the team at

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 2018, the festival featured 250 events organised by 73 universities and research organisations in around 50 towns and cities across the UK.

A PDF version of our festival Terms and Conditions is available here: Terms and Conditions 2019.