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 - Thursday May 26th to Sunday June 5th 2016.


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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