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

This year's festival is on the 17th and 18th September, with a training session on the afternoon of the 16th.

Stewards are required to be available on both the Saturday and Sunday for shifts and will need to arrange their own accommodation to stay in for the duration of the festival.


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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 - not to mention insane discounts on certain festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!

2. 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.

3. 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.


HowTheLightGets London 2022 is set in the majestic stately grounds of Kenwood House on the tip of Hampstead Heath.

Hampstead Lane, Highgate, London NW3 7JR


What roles are available?


"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!


Apply Now


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