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Get involved

Find out more about how to apply to take part in Being Human festival.

Get involved

Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities. The 2022 festival will take place 10–19 November, with the theme ‘Breakthroughs’. You can read more about the theme here.

Each year, we invite humanities researchers and other staff from universities, independent research organisations and cultural organisations to apply to take part in the festival by organising an event, activity or project. There are four ways to take part:

  • Hub Award – apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000–£5,000 to coordinate multiple activities
  • Small Award – apply for funding of up to £2,000
  • Open Call – organise an activity that does not require funding from us
  • Being Human Café – a simple 'off-the-shelf' format 

The deadlines have now passed to apply to take part in the 2022 festival. Applications to take part in the 2023 festival will open in the new year. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive all the latest news about the festival.

Useful information

If you're thinking about applying to take part in the festival in the future, you might wish to look through our case studies, our planning toolkits and our FAQs.

Contact us

As a team we are here to help organisers and researchers develop their festival activities. Please contact us if you have any questions about taking part.

Email the Being Human team