650 events, 370 acts, 200 speakers, 11 days, 9 stages.


HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay-on-Wye, has just finished its seventh outing - and it was bigger and better than ever before.

This year's festival featured over 650 events, a spectacular array of live performances, hilarious comedy nights, enlightening IAI Academy and School courses, gripping film screenings and a brand new festival site - complete with a captivating circus and vintage rides. Leading thinkers in every field mixed with cutting edge musicians to challenge the boundaries between Fantasy and Reality.

If you came to HowTheLightGetsIn and want to relive the experience, or if you missed out and want to know what all the fuss is about, we have just released our first videos from this year's festival on IAI TV, featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, influential cultural critic Terry Eagleton, esteemed biologist Rupert Sheldrake and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, amongst many other leading thinkers. To stay in the loop, sign-up to our newsletter here and be the first to know as we release new debates and talks every fortnight.

Finally, a big thank you to the thousands of you who came - we can't wait to see you all again next year.

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