Set on the edge of the Black Mountains, along the banks of the River Wye just outside the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn occupies a special location. But that's just the backdrop for the real magic to come.

"There is a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in", goes the Leonard Cohen song from which the festival gets its name and takes its inspiration. There is no other place on the planet where you can meet as many of the world's leading thinkers, discover the most cutting-edge ideas, and party and dance late into the night.

At HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the euphoric beats, dine with our speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets.     
HowTheLightGetsIn is not just another festival. It's alive with ideas in every field of endeavour. It's a dream-like escape where everyone can contribute their thoughts and themselves, where you can think, talk, dance and play and be amazed at what can be achieved as the festival's collective imagination flourishes.

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