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The Being Human festival is 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.

This year, Queen's University Belfast has been selected as one of five 'Being Human Hubs' across the UK and will host a series of events on the theme of ‘Lost and Found’ running from the 19-24 November 2017. Each event will explore an aspect of humanities-based research and has been developed in conjunction with a wide range of Northern Ireland wide community partners such as Tinderbox Theatre Company, Action on Hearing Loss, the Ulster Museum and Armagh Planetarium. 

The Being Human festival demonstrates the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities, their accessibility and relevance to people’s lives, and that research in the humanities is vital for the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK and globally. 

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Festival Events

Being Human - Sensory

Sensory loss and found identities


Date: 19/11/2017
Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: Brian Friel Rehearsal Studio, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN

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Storytelling from Conflict - Lost and Found Stories


Date: 21/11/2017
Time: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Location: Public Records Office Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9HQ

Being Human - Victorian Queens

Beauty in Belfast Circa 1884


Dates: 21/11/2017 - 21/12/2017
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Location: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB

Being Human - WW1

The First World War and Community Memory


Date: 21/11/2017
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN

Being Human - Rollerskates

Find your voice! Exploring teen girl issues on screen


Date: 22/11/2017
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Queen's Film Theatre 2, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN

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You're only as old as you feel


Date: 22/11/2017
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Location: Board Room, 21 University Square, BT7 1NN


Hope, lost and found: Kidney disease and the life-affirming power of art


Date: 23/11/2017
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN


Creative interventions in post-conflict narrative: Queer visions of peace


Date: 24/11/2017
Time: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Location: Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, BT1 2FF

School children in a school setting

You're only as old as you feel - Teenagers workshop


Date: 24/11/2017
Time: 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Location: Ground Floor Seminar Room, 21 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN


Dr Franziska Schroeder
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1024

Kevin Fearon 

Zara McBrearty (Communications Office)