Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact

Description of impact

The Being Human Festival was the first and only national festival of the humanities in the UK, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.In 2017 , Queen's University Belfast was selected as one of five 'Being Human Hubs' across the UK and hosted a series of events on the theme of ‘Lost and Found’ running from the 19-24 November 2017. Each event explored an aspect of humanities-based research and was developed in conjunction with a wide range of Northern Ireland wide community partners such as the Renal Arts Group, MazePrison, Tinderbox Theatre Company, the Ulster Museum and Theatre of Pluck. The Being Human festival demonstrated the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities, their accessibility and relevance to people’s lives, and showed that research in the humanities is vital for the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK and globally.

Who is affected

Community organisations, cultural institutions, universities
Impact statusCompleted
Impact date19 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
Category of impactCultural Impact, Societial Impact
Impact levelEngagement


  • humanities
  • research
  • post conflict
  • ageing
  • sensory loss
  • hearing loss
  • health and wellbeing