Being Human Festival 2019

Being Human is a national festival of the humanities.

Being Human, a festival of the Humanities will return to Northumbria for a sixth year in November 2019! 

The Being Human Festival highlights the way in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

Northumbria University is responding to this year's festival theme of 'Discoveries and Secrets' with a series of events across Newcastle upon Tyne.

Join us as Northumbria University celebrates the 2019 Being Human Festival!

 

Dancing on the Tyne

November 14, 9:30am - November 23, 1pm

Venue: The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom

Come by to rediscover Newcastle’s ‘Scottish’ dance tunes, composed by 18th-century dancing master Abraham Mackintosh. Visit the exhibition to explore the local people and places who inspired Mackintosh’s tunes. Find out why ‘Scottish’ dances became popular and explore how being closer to Edinburgh than London has long shaped Newcastle’s cultural heritage and identity.

The exhibition is open throughout the festival during the Lit & Phil opening hours:

Monday 10:30 – 19:00

Tuesday 9:30 – 20:00

Wednesday 9:30 – 19:00

Thursday 9:30 – 19:00

Friday 9:30 – 17:00

Saturday 9:30 – 13:00

A ‘Dancing on the Tyne’ Open Evening will take place on Friday 22 November, 17:30 – 19:30.

A ‘Dancing on the Tyne’ Schools and Colleges workshop will take place on Friday 22 November, 13:45 – 15:30.

More information here.

 

The Georgians' Marvellous Medicines

November 16, 10am - 3pm

Venue: Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE26 4QR United Kingdom

An hour of comedy and capers for all of the family. Georgian actress Mistress Slurp needs your help finding the perfect prescription for pimples and pox. Join in a family-friendly treasure hunt discovering ingredients for Slurp’s remedies, or simply sit back and enjoy the show exploring the surprising secrets of 18th century remedies. Delivered with the assistance of a team of academics from Northumbria University’s Leverhulme-funded ‘Writing Doctors’ project.

The comedy show will run twice, once at 10am and again at 2pm. The treasure hunt will run all day.

Booking for this event is essential in order to waive the National Trust admission charge.

More information here.

 

Unearthing Lowick Lime

November 22, 6pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Baltic 39, Baltic 39's Experimental Studio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne And Wear NE1 1EW United Kingdom

Engage with our industrial heritage through this exhibition and workshop to experience material lime.

Lowick, in rural North Northumberland, was once a significant site of lime production, with three major limestone quarries and eleven lime kilns that were active during the 19th century.

Join us at Baltic 39 in Newcastle city centre to engage with artworks inspired by the region’s industrial heritage, and learn from Lowick Heritage Group, who are working to conserve this important site.

Led by artists Charles Danby and Rob Smith, this workshop and exhibition offers an engaging opportunity to discover how history fuels lime’s resurgence in architecture, micro-industry, and social and economic models of raw materials production in the region.

More information here.

 

Mapping Migration Stories

November 23, 11am - 1pm

Venue: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 4JA United Kingdom

This workshop invites families to use art and calligraphy to tell migration stories. Try your hand at writing and drawing using traditional tools and create communal artworks documenting journeys and revealing histories linked to migration. Inspired by the Discovery Museum’s ‘Destination Tyneside’ exhibition and facilitated by Dr Rola Naeb of Northumbria University.

More information here.

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Institute of Humanities

Find out more about the research taking place as part of our Institute of Humanities Multidisciplinary research theme.

News and Features

This is the place to find all the latest news releases, feature articles, expert comment, and video and audio clips from Northumbria University