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500 events, 7 stages, 180 speakers, 300 acts, 11 days.

 

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back in Hay and bigger than ever, with the thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties that you’ve come to expect.

 

We've just launched IAI Academy, a whole new way to discover the ideas that matter. Throughout the festival, a faculty to rival any university will teach short three-part courses by the banks of the River Wye.

 

For powerful talks and penetrating debates, explore the 2014 theme: Heresy, Truth and the Future. Check out the programme here.


And our music programme, Festival Live, now covers seven stages, with bands, singers and acoustic artists, alongside brilliant comics and eye-opening film-screenings. Check out our full line-up.

 

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The nation state is at a crossroads. Richard Booth jokingly declared Hay an independent state forty years ago but now independence is for real. If Scotland and Catalonia secede others may follow. Even cities like Venice are calling for independence. Can the nation state survive? And should it?

 

Channel 4 political correspondent Michael Crick asks former ambassador to the US John Kerr, historian Count Nikolai Tolstoy, and Former Vice President of the European Parliament Diana Wallis to debate the future of the nation state.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.

CroppedImage140100 1 Thursday Night All Evening Pass

Join us for a magical evening of big ideas, legendary voices and musical marvels.

 

Buy this evening pass for access to tonight's performances by Fight the Bear, Nerina Pallot and Christian Pattermore as well as our opening debate, Independence Day, and the riveting documentary Spare Time.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Fight The Bear

Festival-friendly ska-rock from Radio 1’s Tip of the Week, Fight The Bear. The bear-fighting, guitar-toting Shropshire lads have played hundreds of gigs across several countries, won BBC devotees, and alight in Hay for a riotous set to remember.  

 

“Exactly what I like indie rock to do to me” BBC Introducing

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.


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