HowTheLightGetsIn began six years ago in the globe Hall. Now the Globe site has added the globe and art fields and is home to six live music stages, incisive debates and solo talks, documentary screenings, cutting-edge comedy and delicious food.


Hall & Lower Gallery


From debate and dancing to art and argument, the globe at hay is an institution. Join us for Philosophy Sessions, which run throughout the day in the wonderful Hall space. Art exhibitions can be found in the Upper Gallery.


At night, the venue erupts with our Live and Night Sessions – a magical collection of the UK’s hottest bands and finest parties. From Berlin and Ibiza to Hay-on-Wye, our superstar DJs and themed shindigs are legendary.




International Tent


We’ll be bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers to shed new light on the global issues at the heart of our lives. Prepare yourself for a combative gloves-off arena hosting Philosophy Sessions throughout the day.


In the evening the International tent transforms into a headline music venue with soloists and upbeat bands.





Meet the great thinkers and performers of our time in the Ring, an intimate venue hosting our programme of inspiring solo talks. In the evening you’ll find cutting edge comedy and performance art.





Listen to exciting new performers and special guests in the Hay sunshine and leading singer-songwriters and folk stars by night. The Stage is also host to the HowTheLightGetsIn Bookshop during the day, where you can talk to speakers after events and pick up signed copies of their books.







During the day the Pavilion is an open platform space with an opportunity to meet and discuss the events of the day. Join one of the tables for a bite to eat and some hot debate. There is also free live music all day, HotDoc screenings with the best of the world’s documentaries in the evening, and Midnight Mayhem late night.


Globe Box Office


This is the place to get your Festival Site Pass and tickets to any of our debates, talks, or IAI Academy courses. Festival Live Passes, Spiegel Circus tickets, bookings for the Spa and the Banquet can also all be booked here. The Globe Box office is open throughout the festival from 9am.

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