Faculty of Arts

Being Human: A Festival of Humanities


Hope and Fear

17-25 November 2016

Being Human Festival will return to Nottingham in 2016 to celebrate all the things that make us human.  

Photo credit: Andrew Hallsworth, To the Castle 2014

The University of Nottingham, is working with a range of external partners in the East Midlands to hold a series of events that focus on this year's festival theme of 'Hope and fear'.  A full programme of events will be made available here shortly.



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Being Human 2015: Nottingham and Eastwood events

The 2015 Creative City theme included a long tradition of art; learning a language,learning a culture; photography and poetry; writing and performance.

££ charges apply
*booking required
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DateEventType of eventJoining details
13 -22 Nov Telling tales of Nottingham Photography Exhibition curated by David Sillitoe

12-5pm daily. Broadway Media Centre.

13 Nov Art and Urban Culture: Wright of Derby, Then and Now Lecture by Prof Stephen Daniels and Lucy Bamford

4-5pm, Castle Museum, Long Gallery*

14 Nov Pop-up language sessions Short sessions led by language tutors

1-5pm, various city centre and Creative Quarter venues 

14 Nov Poetry treasure hunt: make a secret code Encrypt poetry in a aesthetically-pleasing barcodes from poetry


14 Nov Digital Storytelling: when, why, how? Talk by James Walker, Literature Editor of LeftLion

1-2pm, Nottingham Writers' Studio

15-22 Nov Poetry treasure hunt: unlock the secret code Interactive walking trail to decode hidden poetry


15 Nov Hidden tales of the Theatre Royal Interactive walking tour based on the theatre archives

Tours start at the Theatre Royal 2, 3 and 4pm; smartphone required* F 

15 Nov Artists and makers fair View and purchase work by local artisans

12-4.30pm Galleries of Justice ££

16 Nov Creating a public art gallery Lecture by Prof. Richard Wrigley

5.45-7pm, Castle Museum, Long Gallery

17 Nov Looking back on the Midlands Group Panel talk chaired by Nick Alfrey

7-8.30pm, Nottingham Contemporary

18 Nov Guided walk and creative writing workshop Gain inspiration from D.H. Lawrence’s Eastwood

10.30am-3pm ££ * Meet at D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre

18 Nov Lawrence, Class and Culture Talk by Prof Neil Roberts


D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre

18 Nov History of the University - a guided tour of the exhibition A guided tour of the Weston Gallery exhibition detailing the history of the University of Nottingham in the city

1-2pm, Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park Campus, Nottingham

18 Nov Re-imagining creativity from below Panel talk chaired by Dr Alex Vasudevan 

6.30-8pm, Primary* 

18 Nov Consider smell I Urban ‘smell walk’ around Nottingham’s caves led by Julia Feuer-Cotter

4-6pm. Meet at Malt Cross. Followed by Exhibition opening 7pm* 

19-22 Nov Consider smell II A public interactive exhibition of smellscapes in Nottingham

Malt Cross. 


19 Nov The Legacy of Jesse Boot A public talk by Boots archivist Sophie Clapp and Prof. John Beckett

2-3pm, The Larder Restaurant, 16-22, Goosegate, Nottingham

20 Nov Page vs Stage Readings and debate with the Mouthy Poets and Nottingham Writers’ Studio

7.30-9.30pm, Nottingham Writers’ Studio* 

20 Nov You're Human Like the Rest of Them: the films of B.S. Johnson and introduction by Jonathan Coe Film (15), talk and book signing.  

8.45pm Broadway Media Centre, normal ticketing charges apply ££

21 Nov P.H. Emerson: photographer and author Symposium and opening of the P.H. Emerson exhibition curated by Federica Chiocchetti, V&A

10.00am-4pm Castle Museum ££ *

21 Nov Pop-up language sessions Short sessions led by language tutors

1-5pm Various city centre and Creative Quarter venues F 

21 Nov But I know this city! Excavate Theatre Company’s city-wide reading of B.S. Johnson’s ‘The Unfortunates’

Start from Broadway Media Centre. Join anytime between 9am and 10pm

22Nov But I know this city! Community theatre workshop: talks and discussions about the work of B.S. Johnson, and the role of community theatre in the life of the city. Led by Andy Barrett



See what happened during Being Human 2014
To the castle: People's Histreh walking tour (by Andy Hallsworth)

Being Human Festival 2014 review

To the Castle! Peoples' Histreh give a guided walking tour of Nottingham, taking in the Galleries of Justice. Photo credit: Andrew Hallsworth, To the Castle 2014

In 2014 the Nottingham festival programme explore the mythical and real characters and events of rebellion synonymous with the region, under the title 'Heroes and Villains: subversion and rebellion'.

See what happened on Storify

Read the Nottingham blogs



University of Nottingham festival partners

Excavate Community Theatre Events
Broadway Media Centre
Nottingham Contemporary

 Malt Cross

 Theatre Royal Concert Hall

These events were part of the UK's first national festival of the humanities, funded and led by the School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.




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