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 a brand new festival site - complete with a captivating circus and vintage rides. And as always leading thinkers in every field mixed with cutting edge musicians, this time 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 debates from this year's festival on IAI TV. 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.


The Reality of Feeling

Author of The Roots of Reason David Papineau, Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier and American philosopher of mind Berit Brogaard ask whether feelings are a truer guide to reality than reason.

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The Wealth Delusion

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, activist Peter Tatchell, philosopher Jamie Whyte and Oxford economist Frances Stewart debate the connections between wealth, well-being and the happiness of society.

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