The festival is open!

Welcome to the Arts & Humanities Festival 2012, a fortnight packed with exhibitions, lectures, concerts and film screenings showcasing the remarkable research currently taking place across the School of Arts & Humanities at King’s.

The festival officially opens this evening at 18.00 with a panel discussion about transformations across our disciplines, featuring a handful of leading figures from across King’s including Deborah Bull of the King’s Cultural Institute, Professor of English Paul Gilroy and Festival director Max Saunders. This will be followed by a drinks reception at 19.30 – all are welcome.

Tickets for many events have already sold out, but if you haven’t booked yours yet then don’t worry; there’s still plenty to see and do. The festival is proudly home to six inaugural lectures from Professors including Markus Vinzent (TRS), Jo McDonagh (English) and Peter Heather (History), who will take a unique look at one of the most significant moments in Western history: the conversion of Constantine.

Musical events also abound, with a clutch of concerts including an exploration of Early Music led by Jane Chapman in the Chapel, Parody Masses and contrafacta from the King’s College Choir, and the début performance of a new work by composer and Department of Music Professor Silvina Milstein.

And as our city’s sporting summer draws to a close, we’ll also be exploring the cultural legacy of London 2012, with Dr Ben Schofield leading a discussion about representations of Germany in the Cultural Olympiad, and the Strand Campus Quad playing host to Collective Spirit, the ‘ship of stories’ that made its maiden voyage around the South Coast in the run-up to the Olympics.

Tickets for all these events and many more are available on our eventbrite page. We look forward to welcoming you over the next two weeks and in the meantime: enjoy the festival!

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