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A Unique Festival of Ideas and Music

HowTheLightGetsIn returns to Hay-on-Wye in May 2018 with more ideas, music, magic and wonder than ever before. For one weekend, the world's leading thinkers flock to our festival site on the edge of the Black Mountains. Elsewhere in our fields, an inspiring programme of music, comedy and performance art unfolds across our intimate and atmospheric venues.  

We've just announced our full speaker and debate line-up and a limited number of Tier 2 tickets are now available! Don't miss your chance to hear from Noam Chomsky, Sophie Fiennes, Warren Ellis, Peter Tatchell, David Nutt, Matthew d'Ancona, Lawrence Krauss, Jack Halberstam, Diane Abbott, Neil Strauss, and many, many more.

A Unique Festival of Ideas and Music

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival returns to Hay-on-Wye next summer with more ideas, magic, music and wonder than ever before. On the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye, throughout the festival you'll find the world's leading thinkers debating cutting edge ideas as well as an inspiring programme of music, comedy, culture and performance all set in atmospheric and intimate venues.

We've just announced our first few festival speakers and debates and a limited number of Tier 2 tickets are now available! Don't miss your chance to hear from Noam Chomsky, Sophie Fiennes, David Nutt, Matthew d'Ancona, Gideon Rachman, Lawrence Krauss, Jack Halberstam, Diane Abbott, and many, many more.