HowTheLightGetsIn London has begun!


Over 50 debates & talks and 40 music & comedy acts across 8 stages

It's finally here: the world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, has landed in London. Set in the spectacular grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, today you'll get to hear the world's leading thinkers debate the biggest ideas, discover your new favourite band, hear the best up-and-coming UK comedy and much, much more...

Start your day by pondering the origins of the universe in Big Bang Creation Myths, featuring eminent cosmologist Laura Mersini Houghton, Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose and physicist Sean Carroll. In the afternoon, explore the festival's theme of "tribal truths" in Tribal Roots and Tribal Conflicts, where activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, doyen of postcolonial theory Homi Bhabha, and political theorist David Miller debate tribal division.

Elsewhere, a wealth of solo talks see world-class thinkers discussing their ideas in the most intimate settings; our Open Platform events replace formality with food (and drinks); and in the evening, pop sensation Bloom Twins, acclaimed comics from Sarah Keyworth to Alex Kealy, and club-night mainstays Ewan Pearson will see the night off with a bang.

To help you navigate your way around the myriad delights on site, we’ve created a handy festival guide showcasing all of the weekend’s philosophy and fun. You can download the guide here.

There are just a handful of Day Tickets left, so get yours now!


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Full 2018 London Line-Up

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Debates and Speakers

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The HowTheLightGetsIn Story


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