Get involved

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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. The core festival objectives are:

  • to demonstrate the value of humanities research to society in the UK and globally;
  • to encourage, support and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences;
  • to embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector;
  • to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

Being Human 2021

Being Human will return 11-20 November 2021. We will be making further announcements about how to get involved soon. In the meantime if you are interested in taking part in the festival please contact the team at and sign up for our newsletter here.

If you’re interested in applying to take part in this year’s festival but would like to find out more you may want to sign up to our webinar on 18 March.

Find out more

Please see our FAQs 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 email: We encourage applicants to refer to our toolkits and case studies before making an application. A PDF version of the festival Terms and Conditions is available here.

Photo: ‘Sisterhood of the ring’ 2018 – The University of Sheffield