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LBU presents CORE event at Leeds International Festival

Leeds International Festival 2019 will light up our city with new ideas, concepts and innovation between 2 May and 12 May and Leeds Beckett University is proud to be a festival partner, curating the CORE event, ‘What does it mean to be human?’


Featuring CORE and OFF programmes, Leeds International Festival 2019 divides the line-up between internationally renowned speakers and more upcoming and diverse acts and events. LBU students will be heavily involved in the festival, gaining priceless industry experience, knowledge and expertise.

The CORE event was developed and curated by Chris Hudson, Head of Subject in the School of Health & Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University, and asks what does it mean to be human? Have we forgotten? Did we ever know?

A series of talks featuring evolutionary biologist Professor Alice Roberts, award-winning novelist Matt Haig, inspirational Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten and economist and founder of The Good Country, Simon Anholt will look at biology and our past, how to maximise our humanity in today’s world and contemplate how to aspire to be better in the future.

Speaking about the CORE event, Chris Hudson, Head of Subject in School of Health at Leeds Beckett University said: “The Leeds International Festival is now firmly sited as part of the city’s cultural landscape with the aim of stimulating discussion about the world of tomorrow.  

“By curating a series of talks on the theme of ‘what does it meant to be human’ it has enabled us to attract some great speakers to the city, bringing diverse perspectives on their interpretation of the theme. 

“For our university it has provided a platform for us to show the city and beyond some of the thought-provoking work academic colleagues are engaged in through the fringe talks, where they will make their audience stop, think and question aspects of our everyday lives.”

Leeds Beckett University is staging a wrap-around programme of fringe events, as part of the OFF programme, on related topics presented by university academics Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Divine Charura, Professor Mark Johnson and Professor Anna Abraham.

Festival Executive, Gemma Holsgrove said: “L19 will present an amazing eclectic line-up with its CORE and OFF programmes to inform, inspire and entertain audiences across the city.

“We have some of the world’s leading thinkers, innovators and pioneers coming to Leeds to explore new ideas and innovation and sitting them alongside local creators showcasing new and experimental works while celebrating the city’s’ rich cultural diversity and unshakable creative spirit.”

Leeds International Festival is the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation.

Tickets for ‘What does it mean to be human?’ are available to buy on the Leeds International Festival website.

More information about the LBU hosted OFF events is available on the university website.

More Leeds Beckett events will be announced shortly.

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