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UCL Festival of Culture

Principal theme: Accessible and publicly-engaged

Over five days of free events in May 2016, our Festival of Culture opened up to the public the world-class research led by our staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. 

Visitors enjoyed exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions, performances, talks and walking tours. 

The festival covered a wide range of subjects, including the US presidential elections, neuroscience in the Renaissance, the ethics of fighting ISIS, the technology behind the creation of Stonehenge and much more.

The festival’s grand finale was One Day in the City, a celebration of literature in London. UCL partnered with First Story, a charity that helps young people become writers, and organised a trip to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

The festival’s media coverage included BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Al Jazeera, BBC Persian and LBC. 

" It is hard to imagine another programme where, in one day, you could discuss phrenology around Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon, consider the battle for the US Constitution, find out how to live a palaeolithically-correct life in the 21st century, attend performances of Dyskolos (The Grouch) and consider the medieval origins of the current British obsession with accountability.”
Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs)




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