Nestled in an utterly idyllic and tranquil spot on the banks of the River Wye, against the backdrop of the Black Mountains, the Riverside Festival Market is at the heart of the festival. It takes place between 24th– 27thMay 2019 at HowTheLightGetsIn festival in Hay-on-Wye.
We are welcoming the very brightest, boldest and most innovative performers and traders, particularly those specialising in the unusual, the interesting and the extraordinary.
Craftspeople, designer-makers, artisan food producers, musicians, performers, purveyors of the weird and wonderful, we want to hear from you.
In 2019 we’re moving the entire festival over to the Riverside site so you can expect all of our festival venues in one stunning location that will be twice as busy as last year!
Please email (below) and we'll get back to you very shortly.
We're delighted to announce that following a jam-packed 2018 we've been nominated for a number of awards in the UK Festival Awards.
Our very first HowTheLightGetsIn London has been nominated for Best New Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival, while HowTheLightGetsIn Hay has picked up nominations for Best Small Festival as well as the prestigous Grassroots Festival Award.
Thank you all for attending and making the year so special! If you love HowTheLightGetsIn, we'd really appreciate it if you'd spare a minute of your time to head over to the awards site and vote for us. It only takes a few minutes and you will be entered into a draw to win a prize.
1. ACCESS. In return for their short daily shifts (typically between 5-6 hours), Festival Stewards get a staff wristband giving them access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy - not to mention insane discounts on the festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!
2. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. Stewarding looks great on your CV and all stewards 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 stewards come back year after year to have reunions and see the same friendly faces they got to know their first year stewarding.
HowTheLightGets Hay 2019 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay!
Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
"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, Florence, Italy
"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
If you have a good work ethic, a keen interest in our varied programme and a good sense of humour then we'd like to hear from you. You must be able to commit to the full festival period, running between Thursday 23rd and Tuesday 28th May, AND be available to come on site on Thursday 23rd for steward training. Exact times for training will be communicated nearer the time.
Every Festival Steward pays an honesty bond of £50 to secure their place, which is refundable after the successful completion of all shifts. Please note the honesty bond is non-refundable if you drop out within a month of the festival. During the festival, you'll get access to festival events & insane discounts from the on site eateries. Not only this, but you'll gain experience in festival stewarding at the world's biggest philosophy and music festival!
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Play on the Carousel, lose yourself on the Helter Skelter, and wonder at the Black Mountains from the Ferris Wheel. We're sure Wittgenstein would approve.
Who says we can’t bring the beach to the festival? Let the kids run free for hours of play in our ever-popular festival sandpit.
Live Site Entertainment
Catch our live entertainers around the site, ready to fill the kids with awe and delight.
Stay on our rolling riverside expanse on the banks of the glorious Wye, overlooked by the impressive Black Mountains. What better setting could there be for four days of intellectual fun?
Our range of accommodation options starts with self-pitched camping and extends to premium pre-pitched tents and our selection of luxury yurts.
Self pitch camping for 1
Pitch your own tent in an idyllic spot along the banks of the River Wye and stay close to all the festival action. A 3m x 3m pitch for 1 person.
Pre-pitched camping for 2
Camping without the hassle! Arrive on site to a perfectly pitched 1.5m x 2.75m tent for 2 people, complete with a double air-bed mattress.
Based on the traditional Mongolian dwellings, our luxury yurts offer hotel style accommodation and provide a cosy, dry haven to retreat into and rest up in between the jam-packed days and nights. With access to plenty of luxury showers, toilets and a pamper parlour, glamping never felt so decadent…
Please note that campervans are not permitted on site.
Be part of our most spectacular festival yet!
HowTheLightGetsIn is alive with ideas and imagination ... there’s something special in the air. Here’s your chance to bring your creative genius to the festival and help create an atmosphere of magic and wonder where everyone can think, talk, dance and play.
We'll be returning to the glorious setting of Hay-on-Wye with our most ambitious and spectacular programme yet. Over the course of four fun-filled days, the world's leading thinkers flock to our magical riverside festival site to discuss the biggest ideas of today alongside an exhilarating hand-picked music programme. And we want you to be a part of it.
Our festival is a space to let creative ideas run free. We are welcoming festival submissions of all kinds from performance pieces and games-makers, to workshop leaders or walkabout.
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When is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 is running from 24-27 May. Festival tickets will provide access to a huge range of events, including debates, talks, music, comedy, academy and late night parties.
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Where is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay.
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HowTheLightGetsIn is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay.
We've grown since we started. But we've kept our intimate scale. Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin. The entire programme of HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 will take place from 24th-27th May on a newly expanded site that stretches across the beautiful banks of the River Wye.
If you've been to Hay, you'll know why this small town draws US Presidents and Nobel Prize winners, critics and intellectuals alike into its orbit. If you haven't, it's time to see what all the fuss is about.
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