The biggest event in Humanists UK’s calendar has been announced and tickets are on sale now. Hundreds of humanists from around the UK and overseas are expected to converge on the ancient city of Leicester for the Humanists UK Convention 2019, to be held in the beautiful Art Deco surrounds of the Leicester Athena over 21–23 June 2019.
Tickets start from just £99, and £69 for students, for an entire weekend of wonder and inspiration, jam-packed with exciting ideas and amusements from some of the UK’s leading thinkers and entertainers.
New Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts will headline a busy three days of science, politics, comedy, and philosophy. Joining Alice will be Hamza bin Walayat, a humanist asylum seeker who was told he would be deported to Pakistan, where he faced death, for failing to identify Aristotle and Plato as humanists in a Home Office test; Felicity Hannah, a freelance journalist who has written online about faith schools; and broadcaster, geneticist, and Humanists UK patron Dr Adam Rutherford, author most recently of The Book of Humans.
A full line-up of historians, authors, scientists, comedians, activists, and more is set to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
The Humanists UK Convention is always a wonderful opportunity for humanists to gather, eat, drink, network, and celebrate humanism. This year’s Convention begins on 21 June, coinciding with global celebrations for World Humanist Day. It will take place in ancient city of Leicester, a city with a deep and rich history of humanist thought and activism. The Athena also sits in the heart of Leicester with excellent and affordable accommodation close at hand.
Humanists UK’s 2018 Convention, held in Newcastle, was a resounding success. Feedback from attendees was that it was the best Convention held to date.
‘It was great to have a chance to meet and catch up with other people around the country who are working for the same cause,’ said one attendee of 2018’s Convention. Another, describing their weekend, commented ‘There were amazing talks, with well-reasoned and respectful debate and discussions.’ ‘We had the best time,’ said one pair. ‘Organisers should be widely congratulated for a really good convention and for going out of their way for making it a good event for people to attend.’
Humanists UK urges members and supporters to book their place soon.