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The sixth day of the festival featured 27 events across the UK on a range of topics, from dancing to robots and in a range of venues, from pubs to churches!

In Birmingham Dancing Maps encouraged festival attendees to experience African and Caribbean traditional dance in new ways, through engaging with digital technologies. The central question of the exercise is: Can African dance be re-thought as a ‘map’ to guide us in our lives today? At the event the dancing maps were projected onto a screen, along with a series of presentations from those who’ve participated in the project. The ACE Dance Company also performed a live dance based on the dancing maps. Click here to watch a demo of African and Caribbean dances and try the moves yourself! You can upload your dancing map to an online gallery,

Attendees didn’t need their dancing shoes for today’s Being Human event in London. Senate House Library lent out academic experts themselves instead of books as part of a Human Library. The event made it clear that in a digital age, human custodians and communicators of knowledge are more important than ever. Experts on everything from Renaissance maps and Latin poetry to women warriors and health service design, were on hand to become ‘human books’.

Festival goers in Aberdeen skipped the library and headed straight for the pub to discover and discuss current research on how humans use mockery (both visual and verbal) to engage with each other and with our natural and digital environments. Skeptics in the Pub | Humans, Vegans or Robots? was part of Being Human Aberdeen, a mini-festival that has been a vibrant part of the Being Human 2014 programme. Don’t miss out on the other events in the series!

  • Friday 21 November: Will Self in conversation with Alexandra Lewis
  • Saturday 22 November: Locating the humanities: a round-table
  • Sunday 23 November: Halloween and Bonfire Night: what do YOU do?

From pubs, to churches. Londoners gathered at St Sepulcher-Without-Newgate today courtesy of Gresham College to consider the experience of Being a Guitarist in the Time of Byron and Shelley. Professor Christopher Page took listeners back to 1825 and described the experience of guitarists back then buying and learning the instrument, and presenting and behaving as a professional. The event also featured a virtuoso performance from Professor Page himself. We were thrilled to receive a brief clip of the performance from an attendee. Have a listen here!

There are plenty more events coming up so be sure to follow @BeingHumanFest and #BeingHuman14 to get the latest updates!

Being Human Team