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


It’s the final weekend of HowTheLightGetsIn 2015 and we’re set to send off the festival with a bang.

Take a few moments to examine the present with Joanna Kavenna, Julian Barbour and Joseph Diekemper in The Dance of Time. And then contemplate the limits of scientific explanation with George F.R. Ellis, John Milbank and Chiara Marletto in Science, Magic and the Inexplicable. Next up examine The Meaning of Music with David Arnold, Kimberly Anne and Jim Chancellor.

Don’t miss tonight’s Shooting Star Party with headliners including: Lianne La Havas, The Correspondents,and Molotov Jukebox.

And grab your chance to explore the new Riverside site while you can, which is home to the fairground and Fayre market, as well as the tranquil Spa surrounded by the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside. While you’re there, catch the final performance of dazzling acrobatics and sensual silk acts at the Spiegel Circus.

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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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