Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath with unrivalled views of the City, Kenwood House is an oasis in the capital and the magical location of HowTheLightGetsIn. HowTheLightGetsIn London keeps the intimate scale of our world-renowned Hay festival and blends it with the pomp and swagger of the capital.
Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin. If you've been to HowTheLightGetsIn, you'll know why this festival draws award-winning musicians 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.
Want to get a taste of working in media and the arts from within the world’s largest philosophy and music festival?
We’re on the hunt for enthusiastic and dedicated young people to join our Kick-Starter Programme, a skills development programme for young people 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 London 2019, a unique event which sees world-leading thinkers and performers gather at our beautiful festival location at Kenwood House, Hampstead. 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 aged 18+ from around the UK and beyond. We currently have opportunities for those looking for experience in any of the following areas:
All applicants must be available between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd September. Please note that whilst we will make every effort to place you in your preferred area of skills development, this may not always be possible and we reserve the right to offer you a place in a different area of the Programme if necessary.
*For those interested in Press & Marketing, we also run a Student Ambassador scheme ahead of the festival. For information about how you can get involved, click here.
Please apply using the form below. Include your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 150 words), expressing your interest and your preferred area of skills development.
If you have any questions about the Programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at HowTheLightGetsIn!
Are you passionate about bringing world-changing ideas to young people, and inspiring the next generation of leading thinkers, artists, scientists and politicians?
Then we need you to represent the world’s largest philosophy and music festival within the student community.
The IAI Student Ambassador programme is your chance to get involved in bringing HowTheLightGetsIn to campus. You’ll play an invaluable role in publicizing our world-leading debate programme to your student community, highlighting the festival as an opportunity to garner once-in-a-lifetime insights from globally distinguished academics (a great way to enrich any university degree!). As well as looking great on your CV, there are a number of other perks involved too...
1. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. The Ambassador role looks great on your CV and all of our Ambassadors 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.
2. ACCESS. In return for their valuable work, Ambassadors receive two complimentary festival tickets giving them full access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy over the whole weekend - not to mention generous discounts on the festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!
The ideal Ambassador will be brimming with insight about how to bring the festival to the widest possible audience.
This is your role, and you have the opportunity to shape it in the way you wish - so first and foremost we want to hear your fresh, original, exciting ideas for the ambassadorship.
We’ve also drawn up a list of suggestions for inspiration:
1. Putting up posters around campus
2. Distributing programmes in zones of interest, including common rooms, society meetings, and high-footfall areas around campus
3. Representing HowTheLightGetsIn at your freshers' fair or other activities fair
4. Publicising the festival on prominent social media accounts, such as the student union or societies
If you'd like to join our team of Ambassadors, send your application to email@example.com explaining what makes you great for the role, and which of the above methods you can use to help spread the word about HowTheLightGetsIn. We can supply you with all of the materials you need, from posters to programmes.
When is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn London 2019 is running from Saturday 21st September to Sunday 22nd September. Festival tickets will provide access to all events, including debates, talks, music, comedy, academy and late night parties.
How do I apply my discount?
You can apply all discounts at checkout. Select your discount from the drop down menu and click 'apply'. Only one discount can be used per ticket. Please note that discounts are not applicable to Day Tickets.
Where is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn will take place on the grounds of North London's finest stately home, Kenwood House, at the tip of Hampstead Heath - NW3 7JR.
Is camping available at the festival?
Camping is not available at HowTheLightGetsIn London.
Are dogs allowed on site?
Dogs are not allowed on site except guide and service dogs.
I'm having problems buying my ticket
If you're having any issues purchasing your ticket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Ticket Issue'. Please state the issue as well as your phone number and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
I can no longer attend the festival, can I have a full refund?
Our policy, details of which you can find here, states that we cannot refund tickets.
Site address: Kenwood House, Hampstead Ln, Highgate, London NW3 7JR
By Train / Tube:
Kenwood House is located at the top of Hampstead Heath, with a journey time of less than an hour on public transport from major London rail stations.
Tube access: Archway or Golders Green and then bus 210. Highgate is the nearest station if you plan to walk.
Train Access: Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath. You can walk across hampstead Heath to reach the site or take a short taxi ride.
By Bus: TfL 210 (also bus H3 passes within a short walk).
Parking: There is limited car parking available for Disabled Blue Badge holders. Free car parking is available on Hampstead Lane. Public parking is not available on the site itself.
Please provide as much information as possible in the subject line and body of your email, and a member of our team will get back to you within 1 working day.
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If you would like to attend an event as a member of the press, you can apply for a press pass here.
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How do I get a press pass?
All journalists must pre-register by filling in the above form to qualify for press accreditation. Complimentary press tickets are provided first to those working to commission.
We accredit a few photographers on signing an understanding agreement. Please contact email@example.com to apply.
Can I obtain recordings of events?
Footage of the event will be available online at www.iai.tv. This can be used with permission for syndication.
Can we film the event?
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375 City Rd, London, EC1V 1NB
Tel: 020 7837 3000
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.
Over the course of four fun-filled days, the world's leading thinkers flock to our magical festival site at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath 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.
Whether it’s weird and wonderful, beautiful or bold, if you’ve got something special you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it.
All submissions will be considered by our site and programming team; however, due to the large volume of applications we cannot respond to everyone. You are more likely to succeed if you have considered how your idea fits in with what we are trying to achieve with HowTheLightGetsIn – we’re not just another festival.
To submit a proposal please email email@example.com with as much detail as possible and our site team will get back to you.
Traders can find out more here.
Please be aware; you are responsible for your own install, workspace or performance area. This should be sturdy enough to withstand diverse weather conditions.
We cannot contribute to the costs of your project, and we do not allow the use of generators, sound-systems or amplified music.
Socrates said that philosophy begins in wonder, and who is more awestruck than the young? Children under 12 are welcome for free to HowTheLightGetsIn, and there's plenty to keep them entertained.
Live Site Entertainment: Catch our live entertainers around the site, ready to fill the kids with awe and delight.
This ticket is issued by TVF Limited on behalf of the Institute of Art and Ideas, henceforth the "organisers", and is subject to the terms and conditions indicated on this ticket or displayed at the "venue", Kenwood House. Purchasers should note that this ticket is sold by the organisation responsible for the event.
Purchase and possession of a ticket signifies agreement to the following conditions:
1. This ticket is issued subject to the rules and regulations of the organisation, operators and management of the venue.
2. Every person entering the event must have a valid ticket.
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4. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry of the ticket holder to the event site. Customers found to be causing damage to the site, the site infrastructure, causing harm to any other person on site or in breach of these conditions will be subject to prosecution.
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6. This ticket is not transferable. No money will be refunded or tickets exchanged after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, the promoter’s sole obligation and liability shall be to offer a ticket for an alternative performance by the relevant artist, if available, or a full refund of the face value of this ticket. No other claims will be entertained. You will be contacted directly about cancellations at the email address used for your booking. Any questions about your claim should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. No duplicate tickets or wristbands will be issued in the event of loss.
8. Admission to the site and performance is at the ticket holder’s own risk. Neither the promoter nor the site management shall be held liable for any injury or damage sustained within the site.
9. Ticket holders give their express consent to the use of their actual or simulated likeness in connection with the production, exhibition, advertising or exploitation of any film, video and/or audio recording of this event and/or any element thereof in any/all media throughout the world. This includes filming by the police or security which may be carried out for the security of customers.
10. The event promoter reserves the right to make any change whatsoever to the act programme owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause.
11. Neither the venue nor the organisation can accept responsibility for lost or stolen property.
12. The possession of this ticket shall constitute an acceptance by the holder of these conditions and imply an undertaking on the part of the holder to observe them. In the event of any breach of these conditions, the event promoter reserves the right to cancel this ticket and retain any monies paid theretofore.
13. Other than the provisions advertised or outlined by the box office at the time of sale, customers are required to address any special needs by contacting the box office in advance of their visit, as the event promoter may not be able to provide those needs without notice.
14. We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties.
15. Children under 12 with an adult do not require a festival ticket.
16. Discounts can only be applied to full HowTheLightGetsIn Weekend Festival Tickets. Please note that discounts cannot be applied to Day Tickets.
17. Dogs are not allowed on site except guide and service dogs.
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