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Human Worlds Festival, the University of Southampton's annual celebration of Humanities and the Arts, will be back in November 2021. The Festival will be preceded by a month-long celebration in October for Black History Month and followed by a series of events dedicated to UK Disability History Month in November. This year we are also planning to bring back Hands-on Humanities Day, our free family-friendly day packed with activities accessible to all, to the Avenue Campus in Highfield.

More information and the new timetable of live and digital events, including event booking systems, will be announced at the end of the summer.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check the FAQ section and stay connected to us by signing up to the UoS Festival Mailing list or by following @UoS_Engagement on social media.




Human Worlds Festival 2020 took place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd November and ran mainly online, in parallel with Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

For the first time Human Worlds Festival was preceded by a month of celebrations for Black History Month and followed by a month of celebratory events for LGBT+ History month in February 2021. Thousands of people joined us from across the world.

Resources and recordings of some of the Festival events are still available for you to enjoy from the safety of your home, while we organise Human Worlds Festival 2021!









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.