Announcing HowTheLightGetsIn, the IAI’s philosophy festival

Is it a mistake to imagine democracy is necessarily progressive?

Did the universe really begin with the Big Bang?

Will we ever be able to reclaim objective truth or are we stuck with a post-truth world?


Just three of the questions we’ll cover at our annual ideas and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, from 22 - 25 May 2020. In its home of Hay-on-Wye by the Welsh border, the festival will host four days of debates and talks between the world’s leading thinkers across philosophy, science, politics, art and life.

Check out the programme so far here.

Whether we like it or not, we find ourselves in a period of radical change, from the climate crisis to political populism. The festival’s theme, Uncharted Territory, seeks to find ways of thinking that will help us turn the deep uncertainty of the pres

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