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HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

September 22 2018 - September 23 2018

How The Light Gets In


HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest music and philosophy festival – and it’s heading to the heart of London this September. For one weekend only, and for the first time in the capital, the festival will see some of the world’s leading thinkers debating today’s biggest ideas, along with a unique mix of talks, music and comedy set in the spectacular grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. These world-leading thinkers will go head-to-head addressing some of the biggest and most pressing questions of our time.

Newly released debate topics include: Democracy in Crisis, asking whether we should consider limiting democracy in favour of expertise; Life, Love and Being Free, on whether finding in Love is an essential part of who we are; War and Peace, reevaluating Trump’s belligerent approach to foreign policy; and Reality and I, wrangling with the mysterious role of the observer in fundamental physics. 

HowTheLightGetsIn will feature more than 100 events, including over 50 debates and talks and 30 musicians and comedy performers, including lectures from popular science writer and linguist Steven Pinker, Yale Law Professor Amy Chua and human rights and LGBQT+ activist Peter Tatchell. Be sure not to miss award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, playwright and novelist Deborah Levy and eminent postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha as they deliver a unique blend of debates, talks, music, and comedy. HowTheLightGetsIn Festival allows you to discover a world where ideas and the imagination are set free…

Models, multi-instrumentalists and singers the Bloom Twins lead the music bill with their self-penned, intoxicating songs with haunting electronic melodies. Featured as MTV Iggy’s Artists of the week, with performances on BBC news-night and profiles in magazines such as Vogue and ID, the Twins are making waves in the pop world. They are joined by a whole host of other sounds, including Stealing Sheep, Harpo Smith and Gabby Young. 


Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath.


Saturday 22 September – Sunday 23 September