The world’s largest philosophy and music festival returns to Hay-on-Wye this summer.
Feed your minds, bodies and souls at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival from the 26th May – 5th June, with stimulating debate, long-table banquets and a Wellbeing Weekend to help you recover from the late-night musical mayhem.
Nowhere else on the planet do Nobel Prize-winners and Mercury Prize-nominees alike gather in one place for a week of thought, dance and entertainment. The full festival line up is now live, and it's looking better than ever.
There are hundreds of debates and a packed schedule that includes Open Platform (a philosophy tea and cake party), a poetry day, as well as solo talks and the IAI Academy courses. Begin the day with a morning meditation amid the Welsh Black Mountains, then engage your brain with neuroscientist Susana Martinez-Conde, Oxford philosopher Peter Hacker and cognitive scientist David Chalmers as they debate the mystery of experience.
With your intellectual appetite well-fed, it’s time to head to Bristol’s best, Bell’s Diner, who will be serving fresh Mediterranean meals to delight the senses over a long-table banquet. By evening, after a rejuvenating Kanga Spa session, amble across to the Hat stage where Mercury Prize-nominated Ghostpoet will lure you in with his brooding vocals.
Meanwhile, bringing some jazz, funk and dance to the evenings are world-music DJ Gilles Peterson, folk-rock legends Fairport convention, and soulful songstress ESKA. The full festival line up is now live, so discover who else will be joining the debate in Hay-on-Wye here
Festival Tickets are selling out fast, so book yourself in for a weekend – or even a whole week – of ideas, music, food and dance here