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 excite the imagination, renew the spirit and 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 will be releasing videos of the events fortnightly on IAI TV. To stay in the loop, sign-up to our newsletter here and be the first to know our news.

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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