This is a sponsored article on behalf of King's College London.
A room full of fitness fanatics performing exercise demonstrations, weight lifting and twisting their limbs into enviable positions is not what you'd expect to find at an arts and humanities festival, but this is just one of the exciting exhibits you can encounter at #ahfest2017 taking place at King's College London from 9-20 October.
Masculine identity and body building as performance art (13 October) is the topic explored here, but there's plenty more to keep your mind occupied. The festival sees researchers, artists, and high profile university alumni explore the theme 'World Service' through a fortnight of events.
If you fancy getting deep with this year's seasoned thinkers, our highlights include panel discussions with Guardian writer George Monbiot (13 October), who'll be chatting politics and what it can do in an age of crisis, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq (16 October), who'll be discussing Brexit's effect on university research, while author Maureen Duffy (10 October) will be speaking about writers' rights and diversity within publishing.
Alongside performances and screenings, including a Big Band Jazz Concert (20 October) featuring the works of African-American Jazz composers, and a film screening (18 October) exploring alternative feminist communities. You'll find a range of interesting discussions on the impact of Brexit, politics and borders, identity, conflict, the refugee crisis and the legacy of the BBC World Service.
The festival kicks off with a chat about eighteenth century Georgian Britain, which sees three leading map experts delve into the royal archives of King George III. Foodies should head to the Spices and Songs event (18 October) which pairs performance with food tastings from the early modern era, including gingerbread recipes from the 1500-1800s.
You can also hear a roundtable discussion exploring the work of Una Marson, (19 October) a badass Caribbean political activist, playwright and poet, who was the first black woman broadcaster for the BBC. If experimental poetry is your thing, don't miss a spellbinding performance from award-winning poet and artist Caroline Bergvall (17 October).
If you want to brush up on current affairs, fancy rubbing shoulders with some of the world's deepest thinkers or just like the idea of a room full of athletes, then check out the full programme and book tickets via the website.
All events will be held at King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS.