Swansea University is once again featured as the only Welsh hub for Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is sharing the proud distinction with Nottingham of being named a festival hub for three consecutive years. The other festival hubs are Queen’s Belfast, Dundee & Glasgow.
This year’s theme of 'Lost & Found', will be taking place nationally from 17th – 25th November 2017, and will also mark the festival’s fourth year. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy the festival is a hive of activity within the community across the UK.
Swansea’s hub ‘Voices, Faces and Places’ will be engaging with the ‘Lost and Found’ theme by focusing on the aspect of uncovering, rediscovering and remembering. With something for everyone, the hub feature creative and interactive activities such as public talks, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions.
There will be a range of free events across the festival period, including:
- Rediscovering Egyptian amulets and guardian demons.
- Exploring the 100-year history of Swansea University and a recreation of Swansea University’s oldest building, Singleton Abbey!
- Attending a special screening of the critically-acclaimed Don’t Take Me Home and a Q&A with the film’s award-winning director and Swansea University history graduate, Jonny Owen.
- Readings from two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK; Simon Armitage, and Radio 4’s Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra.
- Exhibition and book launch featuring Pieces of a Jigsaw, a unique collection of portraits from the Welsh arts scene taken by Bernard Mitchell.
Dr Elaine Canning, Head of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, said: “Being Human’s legacy in Swansea is growing every year. The opportunity to imaginatively engage the public with a diverse range of subjects has become a key feature of our November calendar and one that we and our community very much look forward to.”
- Monday 20 November 2017 10.12 GMT
- Friday 20 September 2019 11.49 BST
- Ffion White