These days, quick-witted comedy and mental stimulation seem to come hand-in-hand, or at least they certainly do at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest festival of philosophy of comedy.
Get ready for a bank holiday weekend of over 200 events, including debates alongside musicians and comedians, as well as a rich panoply of food, film and cabaret events. Our highlights include: comedy by Phil Wang, star of Netflix, Taskmaster and Live At The Apollo; musical performances by Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi; and talks featuring mathematical physicist and Stephen Hawking’s former collaborator Roger Penrose, literary theorist Terry Eagleton and associate editor of the New Statesman, Helen Lewis.
This year, the festival will explore the theme of Tribal Truths and New Wisdom, and question a troubling juxtaposition felt by many today: why people still feel divided in a world that is more connected than ever before. Expect mind-bending existential discussions and thought-provoking conversation with some of the world’s brightest minds.
An emerging topic in feminist discussion will be debated in ‘Where Women Rule’ as speakers question whether men are now disadvantaged in certain areas. The pressing issue of mental-health and diagnosis will be explored in ‘A Mad World’ and ‘The Dark and the Digital’ sheds light on the pervasiveness of abuse in the online world. The festival has already announced an impressive list of speakers across 80 debates including the prize-winning CERN physicist John Ellis and Conservative MP Nicky Morgan.
It’s rare that such a decorated array of personalities from the upper echelons of music, comedy, journalism, politics, academia and philosophy come together in one weekend. The festival is organised by the Institute of Art and Ideas, whose founder, Helen Lawson, looks forward to celebrating the tenth edition of the festival, which she says was ‘founded to address the chaos in the world of ideas’.
|What||HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay 2019|
|Where||Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BG | MAP|
24 May 19 – 27 May 19, FESTIVAL EVENTS RUN FROM 8AM TO MIDNIGHT
|Price||£144 - £162|
|Website||Click here for tickets and information|