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. In 2020, the festival theme is ‘New Worlds’. The festival will run 12-22 November. 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 festival 2020 is going forward as planned. Find more details in our latest statement here: ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) update’.


Getting involved in the festival

Applications for the Small Award, Hub Award and Open Call pathways are now closed. However, this year there’s a new way to get involved with the festival… Being Human Cafés! Find out more below.

Being Human Cafés

Find out more: Toolkit | Application guidelines | Blog
Apply: Application form
Deadline: 1 September, 5pm


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: beinghuman@sas.ac.uk. 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