Being Human festival launches 2015 programme

23 Sep 2015

What does it mean to be human, and how does the latest humanities research add to our understanding? Find out at the UK's 2015 Being Human festival, with more than 260 public activities - a 60 percent increase on 2014 - led by some 60 universities and cultural organisations. 

This 11-day festival aims to highlight the richness and vitality of humanities research and the ways it benefits society. With just eight weeks to go - Being Human runs from 12–22 November - the full programme of events taking place across the UK has been published online today at

Activities will be hosted in all manner of weird and wonderful locations - cemeteries, sewing cafes, museums, pubs, markets  cathedrals, and in hidden spaces beneath city streets - and cover a broad range of topics from the politics of migration to gender issues, science and health to education and the arts, culture to technology. 

The public's imagination has already been kindled by media talk of ’shanty mobs’, zombie walks and Bristol bus stop poets, but there is a lot more on offer. The 2015 programme offers a range of experiences from an attempt to rebuild the architecture of Hull using a video game (University of Hull), pop-up historians breathing life into London's Hunterian Museum (King’s College) and black British civil rights  courtesy of the Black Cultural Archives and the National Archives.

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. The festival is run in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust and the British Academy. 

Find out more about the festival at and follow the latest news on Twitter at @BeingHumanFest.

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