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

 

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back in Hay and bigger than ever, with the thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties that you've come to expect.

The full programme has just been announced and can be found here. For powerful talks and penetrating debates, explore the 2015 theme: Fantasy and Reality.

And our music programme, Festival Live, now spans over two festival sites, with bands, singers and DJs, along with comedy, spoken word poetry and film-screenings. Our entire new Riverside site will be home to a special new music venue - The Hat - which will host long-table banquets and parties to take you into the early hours. Also don't miss the glamorous new Spiegel Circus, Spa and Fayre. Get your Festival Live passes here.

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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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