Being Human Festival

Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the Humanities will return to Northumbria for a third year in November 2016! 

In 2015, staff from our Humanities Department hosted another series of free events from 12th - 22nd November as part of the festival under the theme Cities & Citizens. The events, which took place at public venues across the city centre, ranged from film screenings and talks, to storytelling, pop-up museums and big debates.

In 2016 Northumbria ran two successful events as part of the nationwide festival theme ‘Hope and Fear’:

In ‘The Power of Print’, participants were able to celebrate the rich history of printing in eighteenth-century Newcastle by creating their own prints at Northern Print studios.

The talk and writing workshop, ‘Hoping for War, Imagining Peace’, took participants on a journey through tales of war, invasion, and peace written between the 1890s and 1920s. The writing workshop, which featured contributions from Northumbria’s creative writing team, gave participants the chance to work on their stories about hope and fear. The subsequent 'Hope & Fear' writing competition was won by Anna Stewart, a final-year student in English Language Studies. Her winning entry is reproduced on the event page linked below.

You can find the festival conversation on social media using #BeingHuman16

For further details about our 2016 events click the links to the event pages below.