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Human Worlds Festival is the University of Southampton's annual celebration of Humanities.

The Festival will run in parallel with the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Since 2020 will go down in history as a year of profound changes that will shape our lives in the decades to come, we have decided to extend our Festival’s programme, starting with Black History Month this October, followed by the US Presidential Election in November.


This year’s festival will mainly run online with featured events and activities taking place across 10 days, including featured content on COVID-19, Mayflower 400, sound and a Human Worlds Studio for art experiments and DIY creations.

The programme will be released in a few weeks. Please save the dates and come back to visit this page or follow us at #HumanWorlds on social media.


Human Worlds Digital

12 – 22 November 2020

Hands-on Humanities Day Goes Digital!

Saturday 21 November
10:30 – 16:30



Human Worlds Festival 2019 took place from Friday 14th to Sunday 24th November 2019.

A special late-opening event, Humanities Late, took place on Friday 22nd November at the John Hansard Gallery and City Eye.

Hands-On Humanities Day took place on Saturday 23rd November - located at/in partnership with John Hansard GalleryCity EyeNuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) and Solent Showcase.

Watch the following videos to experience the festival vibes at Hands-on Humanities Day last year and rediscover one of the amazing performances at Humanities Late, Emotional Resonances.





For visitors: if you are interested in Human Worlds Festival 2020, follow the link to sign up to our Festival mailing list. We will inform you once the programme has been published and tickets are available for booking.

For external exhibitors: if you are interested in taking part as an exhibitor to Human Worlds Festival 2020, follow the link to sign up to our Exhibitors mailing list. We will inform you once the call for exhibitors is open and the website is accepting submissions.