HowTheLightGetsIn 2020

Kick-starter Programme

Kick-starter Programme

Want to get a taste of working in media and the arts from within the world’s largest philosophy and music festival?

About the Programme

We’re on the hunt for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our Kick-Starter Programme, a skills development programme for young people (or the young at heart) interested in the media or creative industries who are looking to gain valuable experience for their future careers. You will volunteer alongside our fun and friendly festival team to produce HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020, a unique event which sees world-leading thinkers and performers gather at our beautiful festival location along the river Wye. Not only will you learn new skills and meet new friends and contacts, you will also get the unique experience of seeing festival debates, live music, film, and comedy from behind the scenes as part of our team.

Places on the Festival Kick-Starter Programme are available to people over 18 from around the UK and beyond. Kick-Starters will rotate through a variety of roles, and can expect to gain experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Events Management
  • Hospitality
  • Press & Marketing
  • Education & Development
  • Artist Liaison


All applicants must be available 21st – 25th May 2020. This includes a training day on Thursday 21st and all event days, Friday 22nd through Monday 25th.

Accommodation and Location

Accommodation will be provided in the form of a free camping pitch directly across the road from the festival site, but you will need to bring your own tent and camping equipment for the duration of the festival.

HowTheLightGets Hay 2020 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 Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BZ

How To Apply

Please apply using the link below. Include your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 150 words) explaining your interest in the Programme and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Please note that every festival volunteer pays an honesty bond of £40 to secure their place, which is refundable after the successful completion of all shifts. The honesty bond is non-refundable if you drop out within one month of the festival.


Places on the Kick-Starter Programme are filled on a first come first served basis, so we recommend applying as soon as possible before they fill up!

If you have any questions about the Programme, please email

Want to volunteer at the festival but not sure the Kick-Starter Programme is right for you? Check out our other volunteering opportunities here!

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