HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back for 2016. There's a whole host of exhilarating new surprises in store, as well as the thought-provoking debates and legendary parties you've come to expect.

Our parties have showcased the likes of Mike Skinner, Clean Bandit and Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas. Our unique debate programme has featured Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, philosopher Mary Midgley, physicist Roger Penrose and many, many more.

If you came to HowTheLightGetsIn this year and want to relive the experience, or if you missed out and want to know what all the fuss is about, check out our 2015 debates and talks on IAI TV.

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After the End of Truth

American philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson and Historian of Ideas at NCH Hannah Dawson untangle the paradox of truth.

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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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