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Being Human begins search for the UK's best arts and humanities events

Date: 13/02/2019

Festival poster

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Set to run between 14-23 November, this year’s festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from the uncovering of a painted-over masterpiece by art historians to the excavation of ancient burial sites or the discovery of lost texts in a forgotten archive.

Each year the festival aims to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences.

Festival director, Professor Sarah Churchwell said, “We’re thrilled that Being Human is back for 2019 and celebrating its fifth birthday.

“The festival theme of ‘Discoveries & Secrets’ has made us reflect on all the fantastic research we have discovered throughout the years and we can’t wait for this year’s cohort of organisers and cultural partners to bring Being Human 2019 to life.”

There are three main pathways to getting involved:

  • Small Awards
  • Hub Awards
  • Open Call

Researchers can also apply for ‘Small Awards’ for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities, and ‘Hub Awards’ for larger grants of between £2,000 and £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities (only a small number of these awards are made every year). The deadline for funding applications is Monday, 8 April 2019, 17.00.

The majority of festival events take place through the ‘Open Call’ pathway, which allows researchers to organise activities that do not require funding. These activities receive promotional support and guidance from the Being Human team. The deadline for the ‘Open Call’ pathway Monday, 3 June 2019, 17.00.

Further details and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on the Being Human website.

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