UCLan to host free cultural festival
How Humanities Can Save the World is taking place later this month
A free festival highlighting the importance of humanities in the world is being organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Taking place later this month, How Humanities Can Save the World is offering a range family friendly activities and workshops celebrating language, culture and history.
Taking place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 24 June, attendees can get hands-on with writing in a different language; try their hand at Chinese brush painting and calligraphy; learn about poems and songs from the Victorian period; and get immersed in different cultures via games such as China’s Tangam and Korea’s Gonggi.
For those who want to explore subjects in a little more depth, five free workshops are available covering Asian language and culture, William Shakespeare, teetotal pledges, cultural symbols and the history of the University.
"Our free fun festival is all about showing people how important the humanities are in today’s society"— Thomas Rawcliffe, UCLan Public Engagement Officer
As part of the extended festival, three evening events are taking place which cover literature and history. Made by Labour: A Visual and Material History of British Labour in the 19th century takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 27 June, and Blue Marble at 50: how half a century of climate change has altered the face of the Earth commences at 6pm on Thursday 29 June.
Three writers and poets from UCLan will be reading their work and holding a discussion at Writing Place and Climate, which takes place on 29 June at 7pm.
Thomas Rawcliffe, UCLan Public Engagement Officer, said: “Our free fun festival is all about showing people how important the humanities are in today’s society. We want to show how the study of humanity, with our histories, languages and cultures, helps us to understand that other people are pretty much like us. When we understand that, we can start to work together to solve the World’s problems.”
Saturday’s event is suitable for families with children aged 7 years and upwards.