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

For the first time, we are running a programme of free public events to follow the November Festival, starting with LGBT+ History Month Special and a new Writers In Conversation event.




Human Worlds Festival 2020 ran mainly online with featured events and activities taking place across 10 days.The Festival ran in parallel with the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

For the first time the Festival was preceded by a month of celebrations with Black History Month Special.

Recordings of some of the Festival events are now available for you to enjoy from the safety of your home.


To help you navigate and explore the Human Worlds Festival’s rich programme, we have gathered most activities and events in a few featured sections.







For visitors: if you are interested in Human Worlds Festival 2021, 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 2021, 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.