Online masterclass 1 – Festivals in a time of social distancing

Online masterclass 1 – Festivals in a time of social distancing

Thursday 2 July


The first in a series of online masterclasses, ‘Festivals in a time of social distancing’ will provide an overview of this year’s festival plans and discuss public engagement events in a time of social distancing. The Being Human team will look ahead to this year’s festival, exploring the types of online and ‘in-person’ activities that can take place in November. Organisers from last year’s festival will also give flash talks that provide helpful tips and lessons learned from their events, which included audio walking tours, live streamed performances and national campaigns.

The session is aimed primarily at this year’s Being Human festival organisers (and those still thinking of getting involved), as well as those interested in public engagement in the humanities. Throughout there will be chances for everyone to discuss the opportunities and challenges of conducting public engagement with research in 2020 and how we can continue to deliver entertaining experiences in ways that will appeal to our intended audiences.

Attendees will also be emailed a masterclass pack full of helpful information for putting together an event for the 2020 Being Human festival.

Workshop leaders and speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Churchwell is the director of the Being Human festival. A prominent advocate for literature and the humanities, Sarah appears regularly in the media and writes for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Dr Michael Eades is manager and curator of the Being Human festival. He also runs numerous public engagement initiatives such as ‘Bloomsbury Festival in a Box’ which engaged socially isolated people with dementia.
  • Dr Cordelia Beattie from the University of Edinburgh put on a very successful performance of ‘The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton’ for Being Human 2019. It played to a packed house and was also live streamed to a wider audience.
  • Professor Catherine Clarke from the Institute of Historical Research ran a celebratory event for Being Human 2019 called ‘England’s Histories Unboxed!’ This ‘unboxing party’ unveiled a collection of items put together by local history societies that represented their individual counties.
  • Professor Steve Poole from UWE Bristol ran a series of popular audio walking tours and on-site poetry performances for Being Human 2019. ‘Romancing the Gibbet’ explored dark tourism, taking attendees to sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain.
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This event was part of a series of Being Human masterclasses exploring public engagement with research. Click here to find out more and book on to other masterclass sessions.