HowTheLightGetsIn Festival announces its return to London

 HowTheLightGetsIn Festival announces its return to London

HowTheLightGetsIn features a world class speakers line-up

Following a sold-out debut in London in 2018, HowTheLightGetsIn is again returning to London. The world’s largest philosophy and music festival will return this September to the idyllic setting of Kenwood House gardens for two packed days of ideas, music, comedy and culture – right in the heart of our capital city.

Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas, HowTheLightGetsIn recently celebrated its 10th anniversary year in Hay-on-Wye, over a four-day festival featuring 300 events, including over 100 debates and talks with world-leading thinkers, members of the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet, and award-winning journalists and broadcasters. Speakers ranged from Dawn Butler, Vince Cable, Jon Lansman, Anna Soubry and Liz Truss, to Maxwell Prize-winning physicist John Ellis, Ab Fab star Helen Lederer, and the world’s most influential analytic philosopher, Saul Kripke. Music headliners included Anna Calvi, British Sea Power, and folk-rock idol Donovan, while a star-studded comedy line up was headlined by Phil Wang, Ahir Shah and Lou Sanders.

Headline speakers at HowTheLightGetsIn’s debut in London last year included cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker in conversation with C4’s Jon Snow, mathematical physicist and Stephen Hawking collaborator Sir Roger Penrose, film-maker Tariq Ali, and London-based rapper and activist Lowkey examining the roots of creativity with former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

This year’s theme is Uncharted Territory. From our everyday lives to the future of the planet, we face unknown and uncharted territory.  We’ll be exploring how best to deal with an uncertain future.

In 2018, due to overwhelming demand, HowTheLightGetsIn London tickets sold out in record time, and the festival organizers expect that its second outing in London will be no different. Pre-sale tickets for London 2019 sold out in under a week, and early-bird tickets are now on sale. First line-up announcements are coming next week.

Said festival director and founder of the Institute of Art and Ideas Hilary Lawson: “Fresh from celebrating a very special 10th anniversary in Hay-on-Wye, we’re delighted to be returning to London in September after our sell out first year in 2018. We’ve found at Kenwood on Hampstead Heath an escape from the urban status world, where festival goers can leave their urban anxieties behind and explore our world-beating programme of debates across philosophy, politics, science and the arts, discover the hottest new music acts, and laugh until their sides hurt with our indecently funny comedy line-up.”

Earlybird tickets for the full weekend are available from £98. All students and under 25s are eligible for a 30% discount.

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