With debates in the virtual spaces of London, Delhi and New York, we will be bringing you the world's leading thinkers debating the biggest ideas from all around the world. With 19 hours of live events every day over the weekend of 19-20 September, whichever time zone you call home there are hours of unbeatable live content to explore.
We're also excited to unveil the first preview of our new online festival experience! Click below to head to the Online Festival page where you can explore the new, immersive festival site. Want to meet up with a friend after a debate? Head to the bar! Need to blow of some steam? Check out the dance tent! Explore the festival site and find new venues! We're bringing the real festival experience to life from the comfort of your home this September!
Debate is the beating heart of HowTheLightGetsIn. Ideas are alive and evolving. At the edge there is rarely consensus.
HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 was a melting pot of debates and talks - streaming live in a groundbreaking virtual reality space.
The theme for the festival was Belief, Hypocrisy and Reason, and across Philosophy, Science, Politics and Arts we will be exploring beliefs, uncovering hypocrisy and looking for the fresh new ideas from the world's leading thinkers to take us forward.
From Nobel prize winners, to the world's biggest politicians, environmental campaigners to award winning novelists, the greatest minds in the world come together to argue their corner at HowTheLightGetsIn.
Browse the debates and speakers that made HowTheLightGetsIn Global unforgettable:
Whether your cup of musical tea is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters, jazz punk outfits, world music trailblazers or filmscore legends, there's always something for everyone at HowTheLightGetsIn.
HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 saw musicians from all over the world livestreaming performances, and a handpicked cast of comedians from arena legends to up-and-coming talents. Explore the full roster of performers here:
"The art and soul of the party" - Harper's Bazaar
Half the fun of the festival is attending with friends, sharing the experience with other festival goers and carrying on the exploration of ideas in the bar after an event.
So we created free flowing and dynamic social spaces across the festival site that allow you to join video calls with friends old and new. Our social venues are like virtual bars, with tables that you can click on which take you through to video calls.
HowTheLightGetsIn Global was a fully immersive online festival - like socialising in the real world, but all from the comfort of your own home!
"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)
HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 is just like a real world festival.
Set on a virtual site, spanning London, Delhi and New York, the festival brings you events from 7 different venues.
The Arena is host to the biggest debates with events running all day bringing together panels of the world's leading thinkers, debating the biggest ideas.
The International osts groundbreaking debates exploring the festival theme 'Uncharted territory' in philosophy, science, politics and the arts.
In the Ring our speakers present solo talks on their latest breakthrough or big idea.
In the Academy, you'll find leading academics from the top universities across the world, and the institutions at the forefront of their field, delivering live courses with fully interactive Q&As.
In the Hat, you will be able to find live events from in depth interviews, and interactive ideas sessions, to our headline music names.
In the Stage, you can listen to music, cabaret and comedy, and chat to one of the speakers after their debate by visiting the relevant table.
The Dance Tent comes alive at night, with top tunes spun by the world's most exciting DJs.
Europe’s answer to TED