How The Lights Get In Festival 24th-27th May

THE WORLD’S LARGEST PHILOSOPHY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Over 300 events, 100 debates and talks, and 200 music and performance events.

Hay on Wye is already well known for its famous literary festival which runs from 23rd May to 2nd June and within that is a branch of the festival called ‘How The Lights Get In’ which is a philosophy and music festival. It has many world class debates between leading thinkers and philosophers and also headline music artists and stand up comedy. With over 100 music performances there is definitely plenty to choose from. I was pleased to see Donovan is still very much on the circuit and will be at the Festival this year. The variety of this festival is very exciting, it moves away from our concept of the traditional festival and includes events such as ‘midnight mayhem’ where some of the more outspoken debaters take are paired up with comedians for a debate to remember. “Open Platform” is an opportunity for the public to have a meal alongside Nobel Laureates, challenge the shadow cabinet and talk science with particle physicists or if you prefer you can just listen and enjoy. I don’t suppose there are many opportunities like this and all in a beautiful setting in the wye Valley surrounded by rolling hills and close to the river and just 20 min from Valley yurts.

The main Hay festival once again this year does not disappoint with such a variety of authors and speakers from Stacey Dooley the journalist and author who will be talking about her book ‘On the Front Line with women Who fight Back’ and Julia Donaldson famously known for the family favourite ‘The Gruffalo’ which celebrates its 20th year this year. Anna Burns will be talking with Gaby Wood the Festival Director, about Anna’s 2018 Man Booker Prize winning novel ‘The Milkman’. Just a snapshot of the many talks and performances on offer. Tickets are available online. Enjoy a day at the Festival then come back to the Valley and relax by the open fire under the stars.