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


While our Riverside Circus remains the talk of the town, HowTheLightGetsIn's sixth day is set to be full of inspiration and wonder.

Join us to uncover whether love can be rational with Richard Coles, Catherine Hakim and Mark Salter in Love Incorporated. Then if you’re looking for a little more perspective in life, attend Fantasy Living with Don Paterson, Doon Mackichan and Dylan Evans to contemplate the problems of presenting seemingly idyllic lives on social media. And open your mind to the rhythms of some enchanting poetry, as we present a top line-up of talented poets throughout the day.

Don’t miss our Tuesday Party R&R at the Globe with a line-up including Labi Siffre, Fiona Bevan, Polly and the Billets Doux, ArHai, Mat Ewins and Climbing Trees.

And the brand new Riverside site will be home to the dazzling acrobatics of the Circus throughout the festival. Catch the evening performance to experience a sensual and sexy extravaganza just for adults. Plus be sure to explore the brand new Riverside fairground and Fayre market, as well as the tranquil Spa.


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Join us for a magical evening of big ideas, legendary voices and musical marvels. Experience harp sensation Serafina Steer who did Jarvis Cocker's album of the year, Time Out  "Rising Stars" Tankus the Henge, BBC Wales Artist of the Week Siôn Russell Jones, as well as our opening debate Dreamland and the BAFTA-winning documentary All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.


Get the all evening pass for full access to the debate, documentary and live sessions.


Festival Live - 11 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

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Fulfil your dreams and make the most of your life! So advocate headmasters, moralists and revolutionaries. Yet poet John Betjeman's principal regret was that he did not have more sex. Is life not about goals and ambition but about the moment of being? Or is making our dreams real the only way to fulfilment?


Writer of the Guardian's 'This Column Will Change Your Life' Oliver Burkeman, author of A Life Inside Erwin James, and Absolutely Fabulous star Helen Lederer, debate the best way to live.


Thursday Trailblazer All Evening Pass tickets also provide access to this event.

004 All in the Best Possible Taste Grayson Perry

This BAFTA-winning documentary follows contemporary artist Grayson Perry in the first part of his series dissecting the impact of class and background on personal taste. Here Grayson goes in search of working class culture in Sunderland.


“Documentary of the Year” Independent

In association with TVF International.


First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 11 Day Pass, and Thursday Trailblazer All Evening Pass tickets also provide access to this event.

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