HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest and most exciting philosophy and music festival – and we need YOU to make it happen!

All applicants must be available to volunteer in Hay-On-Wye 1st – 5th June 2022. This includes a training afternoon on Wednesday 1st and the full event days from the 2nd to the 5th.

Stewards are required to be available from Thursday to Sunday for shifts. Stewards are welcome to bring their own tents and camp, free of charge for the duration of the festival. Otherwise they will need to arrange their own accommodation to stay in.


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Why should you get involved?

1. ACCESS. In return for their short daily shifts (typically between 5-6 hours), festival volunteers get a staff wristband giving them access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy.

2. FREEBIES & DISCOUNTS. Stewards get a free camping pitch, one free hot meal ticket per shift during the festival as well as 50% discount on festival food stalls.

3. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. Volunteering looks great on your CV and all of our volunteers can request a reference at the end of the festival for future employment. You'll get to network with festival organisers and gain an insight into the behind-the-scenes running of a large-scale event.

 4. FUN. The team is always diverse, welcoming and up for having a lot of laughs, as well as working well together to keep the festival ticking. A lot of our volunteers come back year after year to have reunions and see the same friendly faces they got to know their first year volunteering.


HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2022 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay.

The site is located just off Newport Street, HR3 5BZ.



What roles are available?

  • Being a steward is the best way to see as much of HowTheLightGetsIn as possible whilst being instrumental in the smooth-running of the festival. A steward’s role is by far the most varied, covering a range of responsibilities from managing queues and crowds to working the box office or turning over venues between events. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the inner workings of a festival, whilst being immersed in all the wonderful events HowTheLightGetsIn has to offer.

    What skills would I need?

    Our stewards need to be reliable, responsible, and friendly. We’re looking for applicants who are confident engaging with lots of people, and are on-the-ball and alert. Experience stewarding at other events is preferable but not necessary.
  • Being a part of the PR street team is a great way to gain experience in the world of marketing and promotion, whilst getting to see as much of HowTheLightGetsIn as possible. Street team members act as representatives of the festival by handing out flyers around Hay, promoting the festival and all that it has to offer. You’ll be required to do a four-hour shift per day, having the rest of the festival off to enjoy.

    What skills would I need?

    Our street team members need to be reliable, responsible, and friendly. We’re looking for applicants who are charismatic, full of energy and happy chatting to anyone and everyone.


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"I want to express my sincere gratitude for the stewarding experience you have offered us: it has been nothing short of transformational! Although it was the first time I volunteered for a festival, I am already stewarding with another one this weekend!" - Madalina Benderschi, Chișinău, Moldova

"Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you guys at the festival. It was so much fun - would love to be involved again next year!"Katie Poundall, London, UK

"I was honoured to serve for this wonderful event as a steward. I booked months ago, flew from China for 11 hours (!) and found that it was so, so worth it!!" Luyao Zhang, Hong Kong, China


How to Sign Up

Every Festival Volunteer pays an honesty bond of £50 to secure their place, which is refundable after the successful completion of all shifts.

1. Complete the application form, following the link below and let us know why you would be great for the role!

2. Agree that if successful in your application, you will pay the £50 honesty bond (refundable) to confirm your place.

3. The HTLGI team will be in touch to confirm your volunteering role



If you have any questions please text Sophie, our head of volunteering, on 07465985871.
HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest and most exciting philosophy and music festival – and we need YOU to make it happen!


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