Nestled in a gorgeous spot beneath the Black Mountains and alongside the River Wye, HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2022 will be a truly magical experience. Expect an extravaganza of music, comedy, debates, talks and more this 2-5 June 2022.
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Set on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn is set in a magical location. But that is the backdrop for the real magic to come.
"There is a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in", goes the Leonard Cohen song from which the festival gets its name. And HowTheLightGetsIn brings its own special form of magic to everyone. There is no other place on the planet where you can party and dance late into the night, fill your days with the world's leading thinkers, and discover the most cutting-edge ideas.
At HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2022 you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with our speakers at Inner Circle events or indulge in sumptuous long table banquets.
HowTheLightGetsIn is not just another festival. There's something special in the air. It's alive with ideas in every field of endeavour. Our programme has many names you will recognise but HowTheLightGetsIn is not about status or celebrity. We are about ideas and wonder and creating a space where everyone's imagination can flourish. Find the bands you've never heard of, discover ground-breaking ideas that have yet to make their mark, contribute yourself and your thoughts, and magic will come your way.
For the first time in three years. HowTheLightGetsIn will be back in full swing right here where it all began: nestled under the Black Mountains on the idyllic banks of the Wye. But we'll also be streaming many of the weekend's hottest debates and biggest talks live around the globe.
If the past three years of virtual festivals have taught us anything, it's that big thinking is more important than ever - no matter where you call home. And through our groundbreaking virtual-reality festival site, we've reached an even larger audience around the globe.
So if you can't make it to Hay to revel in the atmosphere for real with fellow attendees, speakers and artists alike - join the festival from home.
Click below to explore the Online festival offering and book tickets now.
"Europe's answer to TED"
"I barely saw anyone without a smile"
"A UK first. Back to big thinking"
"The art and soul of the party"
"A storming success"
"Dunno why it exists. Glad it does."
Ahir Shah (Comedian)
Europe’s answer to TED