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HowTheLightGetsIn Hay

Starts: 22nd May 2020

The world's largest philosophy and music festival returns to an idyllic spot by the River Wye in Wales for a magical four-day extravaganza of debates and talks featuring the world's leading thinkers, alongside headline music and stand-up comedy.


Start Date

22nd May 2020

End Date

25th May 2020


Off Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG



The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, returns to Hay-on-Wye next May after a spectacular debut in London this September. On the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the River Wye, you'll find the world's leading thinkers debating cutting edge ideas as well as an inspiring programme of music, comedy, culture and performance. HowTheLightGetsIn will be back with all of the big ideas, the show-stopping performances and late night parties you’ve come to expect, but this time you’ll have even more energy to dance into the night with everything just a stroll away.

Previous speakers have included Steven Pinker, Deborah Levy, Diane Abbott, Noam Chomsky and many more, with music from Rae Morris, Hot Chip and Ana Matronic.

Disabled Facilities

Disabled access to the festival site itself and one disabled toilet


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