Being Human Festival 2023: call for applications now live!

by | Mar 2, 2023

Being Human Festival returns 9–18 November, with the theme ‘Rhyme or Reason’. The call for applications is now live!

About the festival
Each November, Being Human Festival presents hundreds of free events across the UK and beyond. Festival events aim to celebrate and demonstrate the ways in which the humanities inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. Each year the festival invites researchers at universities and other research organisations to collaborate with local community and cultural partners to create exciting and engaging events and projects for all to enjoy. Being Human is a national festival by virtue of being local, with events taking place everywhere from Dundee to Devon.

There are four ways to get involved in the festival. Please note, we have increased our grant sizes for 2023:

  • Small Awards: apply for funding of up to £3,000 to enable activities (deadline: 5pm, Friday 28 April)
  • Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £3,000–£8,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub (deadline: 5pm, Friday 28 April)
  • Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from Being Human (deadline: 5pm, Friday 23 June)
  • Being Human Cafés: a simple ‘off-the-shelf’ format for an activity that does not require funding from us (deadline: 5pm, Friday 25 August)

Further details on eligibility, the application process, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website.

We have a range of toolkits and case studies available, which we encourage prospective applicants to refer to before applying. New toolkits include: ‘Planning for inclusion’ and ‘Delivering inclusive activities’.

Applying to Being Human 2023 webinar
You can find out more about applying to the 2023 festival at our webinar ‘Applying to Being Human 2023’ taking place on Wednesday 15 March, 11:00–12:00. Find out more and sign up.

Posted for Rose de Lara, Public Engagement Officer: Projects and Communications, on behalf of The Being Human Festival team