HowTheLightGetsIn 2020


HowTheLightGetsIn Online is a world first fully interactive digital festival bringing you over 200 events, across 8 stages over 4 days 22nd-25th May.


Festival Tickets

Festival Tickets provide access to all events in our main programme including Debates, Talks, Music, DJs, Performance, Comedy, DOKBOX, and IAI Academy Courses, throughout the weekend.

All times in the Programme are set to London (GMT+1). For information on international timings, visit our Time Zones page here.


Information for ticketholders: you do not need to purchase extra tickets unless you want to attend Inner Circle or Salon events! The 'Festival Tickets | Book Now' button to the right of most of the event listings below is for new visitors to the website signposting them to where tickets can be purchased. All events will be free to watch for ticketholders on the Online Festival tab..

Children's Programme

Our Children and Young Adult's Programme includes talks, interactive sessions and learning experiences to pique the curiosity of younger minds - from under 12s all the way up to young adults.
Explore all these options in more detail below...

Inner Circle

As the greatest minds of our time gather for a drink and a meal, take your seat alongside them for a truly unique experience. Converse with Nobel laureates, challenge the shadow cabinet and explore the universe with particle physicists. Be part of the company, not merely an observer. You might not get another chance.

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