Being Human Festival: Rhymes and Reasons

Exploring Nottingham's multilingualism


11th November 2023

What time



Broadway Gallery,

17 Heathcoat Street,



(or via Broadway's main entrance)



As Britain experiences shifting social realities, what inspirations and meanings lie hidden in the languages and dialects we speak?

Join academics from University of Nottingham and artists from Traversée3 in this interactive workshop.

Suitable for families and participants of all ages.

Dates and times

  • Saturday 11 November, 12:00PM–4:00PM

In Broadway's Gallery, 17 Heathcoat Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AF (or via Broadway's main entrance).


Rhymes and reasons for Nottingham's multilingualism

Marking 75 years since the Empire Windrush arrived in Britain, marking the beginning of many waves of migration that have made the UK and Nottingham what it is today, 'Rhymes and Reasons of Nottingham's Multilingualism' explores the variety of languages and dialects of English we hear spoken today.

An interactive map will allow visitors to listen to the voices of Nottingham today talking about their language – both local varieties of English and some of the many other languages used by Nottingham locals.

Visitors of all ages will also enjoy the hands-on 'World of Languages' interactive games and you don’t need any German at all to take part in our 'German Hip Hop – Rate this Song' activity.

Traversée3 artist workshop

Sophie Moraine, ‘Ecce Homo'

Also in the Gallery, French artist Sophie Moraine will host a creative activity accompanying international artist residency programme Traversée3, taking place at Broadway throughout November.

Sophie's artwork ‘Ecce homo' features suspended clay tablets, made by and imprinted with multilingual words by Gallery visitors.

Ecce Homo, by Sophie Moraine

Ecce Homo, by Sophie Moraine

Being Human Festival

9–18 November 2023

Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, it is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the UK’s national centre for the pursuit, support and promotion of research in the humanities. The festival works in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy to support humanities public engagement across the UK.