HowTheLightGetsIn 2011 - The philosophy and music festival at Hay

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HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.

HowTheLightGetsIn will be examining the profound impact of metaphor on our understanding of reality in Blinded by the Light?, questioning the limits of free speech in An Age of Transparency?, and asking how far science can really take us in Alchemy, Anarchy and Science. The festival will also consider what the rise of the East means for the West in When China Rules the World and, in The World After Ideals, they will be asking whether politics and big ideas have become irreconcilably separated.

Elsewhere at HowTheLightGetsIn, you can join in and put on your glad rags for The Saturday Shindig, the Shooting Star Party and the legendary Sunday Special, as well as welcoming the likes of Camille O’Sullivan, Richard Strange, Man Like Me and Peggy Sue.

This year’s line-up includes:

Richard Sennett

Vince Cable

Mary Warnock

Bryan Appleyard

Colin Blakemore

Catherine Malabou

Lauren Booth

AC Grayling

Harriet Lamb

Camille O'Sullivan

Simon Armitage

and many, many more...

Reader Ticket Offer

HowTheLightGetsIn is delighted to offer readers of the Independent 15 per cent off all tickets to this year’s festival. That means you can see some of our talks, debates and live performances for as little as £3, or scoop one of our Festival Live Tickets, which offer access to all of our parties, comedy, film screenings, music and live performance for just £33.

Simply pick the events you would like to see, and enter the discount code Independent when prompted at the checkout. Click here for tickets.