Debate is the beating heart of HowTheLightGetsIn. Ideas are alive and evolving. At the edge there is rarely consensus.

HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 will have multiple debates and talks streaming live and simultanteously throughout both days of the festival.  

The theme for the festival is Belief, Hypocrisy and Reason, and across Philosophy, Science, Politics and Arts we will be exploring belief and reason, uncovering hypocrisy in leaders and specialists but also in the conventions that all of us take part in, and looking for the fresh new ideas from the world's leading thinkers to take us forward.  


"Asking real questions ... orchestrated much more precisely than is usual in our field"

~ Gerard t'Hooft, physicist and Nobel Prize winner


"Lots of policy ideas for government ... These opportunities are rare and they're becoming even rarer."

~ Jess Phillips, UK Labour MP


"A lovely event ... deep issues that matter"

~ Steven Pinker, psychologist and author

Check out our first debates and speakers announcement here.