HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back in Hay-on-Wye for 2016. Bringing together debate, music and late night parties, there's a whole host of suprises not to be missed. 

Our parties have seen performances from Mike Skinner, Clean Bandit and Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas, whilst our debate programme boasts the likes of Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, philosopher Mary Midgley, physicist Roger Penrose amongst many others.

If you came to HowTheLightGetsIn this year and want to relive the experience, or if you missed out and want to know what all the fuss is about, check out our 2015 debates and talks on IAI TV.

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After the End of Truth

American philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson and Historian of Ideas at NCH Hannah Dawson untangle the paradox of truth.

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The Wealth Delusion

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, activist Peter Tatchell, philosopher Jamie Whyte and Oxford economist Frances Stewart debate the connections between wealth, well-being and the happiness of society.

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