Welcome to the Being Human festival’s digital press room!

Being Human, it’s complicated — so we’ve been making it simpler and more direct to help you find the information you need for our exciting celebration of the humanities.

If you’re a journalist interested in covering the festival, please browse through the information below or contact our media and public relations officer, Maureen McTaggart on 0207 862 8859 /

This year, we’re highlighting five broad themes around ‘hope and fear’ as outlined on our blog post, which include journeys of hope and fear; science, technology and the future; conflict and peace; sickness and health and hidden spaces, hidden voices. We have hand-picked a selection of events for each theme. They will all be taking place across the UK during the festival period (17–25 November), and for the first time, in Paris.

To browse our themed events pages, which include downloadable images, select one of the links below

Being Human 2016 print programme

Being Human 2016 press releases

27.09.16 | Sex, love and robots – it’s all a part of Being Human 2016
27.06.16 | From our first black Othello to London’s ‘outcast dead’ – Being Human returns

Media coverage for Being Human 2015

New York Times: Chicken’s weren’t always dinner for humans
The Guardian: Humanities are vital, science is vital. Stop treating them as opposites
The Guardian: Being Human festival offers a nightmare and walk on water
BBC News: Museum website says ‘homo-erotic’ is top 10 search
THE: Students perform in a cemetery to ‘give the dead a voice
THE: Tweeting philosopher launches book of short-form musings
Merlin John online: Where the Dickens is technology taking us?
THE: Pub crawl and ‘zombie walk’ win funding to promote humanities
The Times: Academics turn to flash mobs and zombies to bring humanities alive
The Guardian: The sweet smell of Amsterdam … and it’s not just cannabis, say odour mappers