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Get involved

Find out more about the different ways to take part in Being Human, the UK's only national festival of the humanities. This year's festival will take place 11–20 November 2021.

Get involved

Each year we invite humanities researchers and other staff from universities, independent research organisations, and cultural organisations including museums, libraries, heritage organisations and archives to apply to take part in the festival by organising an event, activity or project.

As a team we are here to help organisers and researchers develop their festival activities. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about participating in the festival, applying for funding or putting together a great public engagement event - we will do our best to help!

There are a few ways to take part in the festival:

  • Hub Award: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000 – £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub.
  • Small Award: apply for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
  • Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from us.
  • Being Human Café: a simple, off-the-shelf activity that does not require funding from us.

The deadline to take part in this year's festival has now passed. To find out when applications open to take part in Being Human festival 2022 please sign up to our mailing list

Our objectives

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.

Read more about our priorities here.

“It's the best experience I've had of academia and I felt like my research was meaningful and that people got something from experiencing a bit of it.”

- 2018 event organiser

"The whole experience has been incredibly rewarding and I really enjoyed working with different groups of people to deliver this event."

- 2019 event organiser

"Taking part in this event has allowed me to focus my ideas on the topics and think hard about how to make them accessible to wider and more diverse audiences."

- 2016 event organiser

“Being involved in Being Human has led to a tangible organisation shift which has help us be bolder in our public engagement approach.”

- 2019 event organiser

"It’s been absolutely critical in terms of building community relations... and emphasising that research can matter to people."

- 2018 event organiser

"Being Human festival was a great opportunity to try out/explore our shared interests in conversations & to engage with wider publics.”

- 2019 event organiser

"It really helped me understand better an aspect of the history and life of the community that I had not explored in depth before, it gave me a lot of visibility and publicity both within the community and beyond it..."

- event organiser