HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest festival of philosophy and music, returns to its spiritual home this year after two years of virtual events.
“We are delighted to return to Hay, to the magical site on the edge of the Black Mountains beside the River Wye,” said Hilary Lawson, festival director and founder of the Institute of Art and Ideas. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back for four days of electrifying debate, music, comedy and our legendary party atmosphere.”
On the Diamond Jubilee weekend of June 2-5, an unrivaled roster of philosophers, politicians, scientists, comedians and musicians will descend on Hay-on-Wye to reflect on the human condition – and do their best to protect it to enhance.
Taking its name from a Leonard Cohen song (“There’s a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in”), HowTheLightGetsIn brings a “cerebral twist” to the traditional summer get-together, he said culture whisper. “Gone are the days when festivals were just a mixture of guitars, glitter and warm cider.”
Indeed, this year’s event will feature Richard Dawkins discussing the legacy of the selfish gene, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Roger Penrose discussing the fantasy of the multiverse, hot-headed philosopher Slavoj Zizek discussing the Pulitzer Prize-winning award-winning journalist Andrea Elliott on our trust in nature talks about whether Camus or Kafka was right about the relationship between individuals and society.
“When HowTheLightGetsIn was founded, philosophy was considered a kind of joke more associated with the Monty Python philosophers’ football game than anything that might be relevant to all of us,” Lawson said. The festival was created to change that. “Their goal then, as now, was to bring philosophy back to big ideas and to place those ideas at the heart of our culture.”
While the past two years’ live streaming events promised to “keep your spirits lit during lockdown,” he said philosophy newsthe easing of restrictions offers an opportunity to meet in person and take stock. “The pandemic has brought people back to the big philosophical questions that affect our lives,” Lawson said HuffPost UK last year. “What is the goal of life, what is the nature of reality?”
And now these questions can be answered in person. “As immersive as the virtual space is, it just doesn’t quite match the physical experience of a festival and the random and wonderful variety of human interactions it enables,” Lawson told The Week. “It’s a pleasure to be back in a wonderful location on the glorious River Wye to share this true festival experience once again.”
After a stimulating day in the philosophical coal mine, “night is the time when the festival lets its soul dangle,” according to CultureWhisper. Guests can “discuss the day’s presentations over a four-course banquet” or wind down with live music. “Being cerebral, HowTheLightGetsIn boasts some of the most delicate artists, or scaled-down versions of those who aren’t quite as delicate,” he said gig way.
The music isn’t just for entertainment, Lawson said. “To have a real debate where people are really talking to each other, it’s important to soften the atmosphere,” he says. “And there’s something about music that makes that possible.”
This year’s line-up includes three-time Grammy nominee Groove Armada, Mercury award winner Talvin Singh, Mercury nominee Django Django and soulful vocalist and cellist Ayanna Witter Johnson. “The bill also includes Afrofuturist collective Steam Down, folk singer King Charles and indie band Peaness,” Gigwise added.
Music, comedy and philosophy may sound like an eccentric combination, but they come together to create “really scintillating entertainment of the highest order,” he said UK Festival Guides. “It’s great fun, hugely interesting and also challenging…a great festival for anyone curious about our world and wanting to learn more about their place in it.”
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