Being human daily

Being human daily

It’s the end of the festival! After an incredible week of over 150 events across the country, we have officially come to the end of the first national festival of the humanities ever to be staged in the UK. From Wilder Beings in Orkney, tactile maps in Yorkshire, musical workshops for the non-musical in Newcastle, magic lantern shows in Oxford and much more – the festival has surpassed all expectations. Here’s our roundup of all the action from the final day of Being Human 2014.

There was a last opportunity in London today to see How We Read. All week this exhibition has been demonstrating the different ways in which we can approach something as simple as reading a book, and the new perspectives that contemporary research in this area can bring. Read professor John Hull’s blog on the exhibition here.

Today also saw close of Byron Banned? Re-Staging a Regency Debate, a week-long exhibition at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. This exhibition was part of 18th Century Legacies, a series of workshops, public lectures, talks, discussions, debates and film screenings organised by Northumbria University and taking place at city centre venues across Newcastle. The twitter stream for these events has been red hot all week!

The results of the Fortitude and Frailty Wiki-edit session held yesterday at Sheffield Hallam University can now be viewed online here.  The event sought to integrate neglected or absent Yorkshire authors and printers into Wikipedia and update the literary history of the region. In Nottingham, meanwhile, the first 24 hour twitter adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday morning came to an end today on an appropriately hazy Sunday. The last words? ‘Come on duck I’ve seen enough. Let’s walk back through them woods’. Read the full adaptation here.

Also drawing to a close today was the University of Newcastle’s series of workshops (Re)Inventing Music, which all week have been inviting the ‘unmusical’ to participate in music-making workshops. The workshops culminated this evening in a night of live performance tonight at Newcastle’s Bar Loco.

Further north, the University of Aberdeen concluded their spectacular contribution to this year’s Being Human festival with an evening of film screenings exploring diverging cultural practices around Halloween and Bonfire Night. There have been so many events in Being Human Aberdeen but this evening’s activities provided a fantastic finale. Thanks to all involved!

Our Sunday also saw innovative film and theatre events rounding off the programme. At the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham an audience gathered for the premier of We Are Many, a documentary about the global protests against the invasion of Iraq—followed by a Q&A with director Amir Amirani. At the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise, London, people watched a special screening of An Inconsolable Memory by Aryan Kaganof—followed by a discussion with the film’s director and producer. Finally, at Rich Mix cinema and arts centre in East London, Ancient Fragments produced a new performance based on the fragmentary remains of classical theatre.

The final day of the festival was therefore as rich, diverse and creative as the whole festival has been. We’d like to say thank you to all of those who have been involved and who have attended events. It’s been an absolutely incredible week for the humanities and for humans across the country. Thank you!

Being Human team.