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Past Events

The Human Worlds Festival was first launched in 2014. Since then, events have taken place every November across the University's campuses and the City of Southampton. 

For instance, watch our summaries from Human Worlds Festival 2019 and 2018!

Human Worlds Festival 2019

The 2019 Human Worlds Festival ran from Thursday 14th to Saturday 23rd November.  
This year’s edition included Humanities Late, a special evening event, that saw the John Hansard Gallery and City Eye opening to the public outside normal hours on Friday 22 November. The night featured a temporary installation by artist and performer Elaine Mitchener, inspired by the research of historian Professor Christer Petley, a talk by writer Professor Philip Hoare and live performances by composer Dr Drew Crawford and artist Barbara Touati-Evans. These events took place alongside the main gallery exhibition 'Waves and Forms' by internationally renowned artist and Winchester School of Art graduate, Haroon Mirza. 
The Festival concluded with Hands-on Humanities Day on Saturday 23 November, which took place for the first time at the John Hansard Gallery, City Eye, Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST City) and Solent University’s Sir James Matthews building, at the heart of the Southampton Cultural Quarter on Above Bar Street. The day brought together internal and external exhibitors passionate about the arts and humanities, including community radio station Unity 101 FM.    

Both Humanities Late and Hands-on Humanities Day were part of the Being Human festival 2019 programme.    
Wider Festival events included: 

Watch the following videos to re-discover one of the amazing performances at Humanities Late, ‘Emotional Resonances’. 

Human Worlds Festival 2018

The 2018 Human Worlds Festival ran between Thursday 15th to Saturday 24th November 2018.  
This edition saw a week full of events across the city of Southampton and was concluded by Hands-on Humanities Day on Saturday 17th November at the Avenue Campus, with activities and workshops for all.  
Wider Festival events included:  

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