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Human Worlds Festival

Human Worlds is the University's annual Humanities-based festival organised by the Public Engagement with Research unit. It is a free series of public events open to all.

Human Worlds Festival

The Human Worlds Festival was first launched in 2014 and runs every year to coincide with Being Human festival, the UK’s national celebration of humanities research led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

The week usually starts/concludes with our Hands-on Humanities Day, a free family-friendly event with interactive hands-on activities, workshops, and talks from across our Faculties.

Over the last few years, we have invited participation from external exhibitors including local bookstores, radios, schools, community groups, trusts and other research institutions.

Visit the Human Worlds Festival official website

Human Worlds Festival 2020 - Save the dates!

Human Worlds Festival 2020 will run from Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd November.

The main events of this year's edition will include:

Human Worlds Digital is the new digital twist of Human Worlds Festival, to enjoy some of the best and most engaging activities that the festival has to offer directly from the safety and comfort of your house. Human Worlds Digital will run through the whole length of the festival. All digital content will be available on the official website at www.humanworldsfestival.com  

Hands on Humanities Day is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday 14th November 2020, 10:30 – 16:30, at the Avenue Campus, depending upon Government and University guidelines closer to the time.

If you are interested in submitting an activity as a contributor to be included in the Festival programme, please visit the 'How to get involved' page by clicking on the blue text box above the image gallery at the bottom of this page.

 

Human Worlds Festival 2019 

The 2019 Human Worlds Festival ran from Thursday 14th to Saturday 23rd November. 

This year 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 temporary installations 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 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 was concluded by 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, in Above Bar Street. The day brought together internal and external exhibitors passionate about the humanities and the arts, 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 video to find out what Human Worlds Festival is all about from senior leaders and researchers at the University of Southampton and hear about how it helped changing perspectives from festival attendees and our visitors too.     

How to get involved

Find out how to get involved in Human Worlds next November as an exhibitor, host, performer or volunteer. External exhibitors included. 

Human Worlds Awards

The Human Worlds Awards provide an opportunity to recognise creativity, talent and resourcefulness of those who have gone above and beyond in delivering an outstanding festival.

Past events

Discover some of the previous events from the past five years of Human Worlds across Southampton. 

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HoHD 2018

For queries, please contact festival@southampton.ac.uk

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