Social Experiences

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 have 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 meeting spaces where you can chat publicly and privately!

"Thank you so much for making it not only possible but truly extraordinary"

"Isn't this fab. Perfect vibe and brilliant way to unwind."

"This is world-leading stuff - they managed to replicate the feeling of a festival with the Internet"

"What the IAI is doing here is groundbreaking stuff"

~ Julia Aber, Ffi, Joe Butler and Marcus Warry on the experience at our first online festival in May

Meet the Speakers 582 x 3001

Video Chat with Speakers

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Text Chat and Q&A

All your questions answered

What does an online ticket get me?

The Online ticket grants access to the online festival, streamed live from Hay in real time. With over 80 events across 5 stages, our live streamed coverage of the festival includes many of the hottest debates and talks. Using our unique virtual reality platform, drop into each venue and follow the action. Meet and chat to other online attendees, explore the festival site, and enjoy the next best thing to being here in Hay.

Can I attend the whole weekend?

We'll be streaming debates, talks and interviews from 5 of our main stages on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June. Pick up a single-day ticket to catch an unmissable debate, or choose a full weekend pass to save on the price of both day tickets.

What's it like to attend HowTheLightGetsIn online?

It's the next best thing to being here in Hay! You'll be able to explore the virtual festival site in real time, and drop in to any of the 5 venues to join the action as you please. Plus, you can meet and chat with other online festivalgoers in group and private messages.