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After a spectacular London debut this September, HowTheLightGetsIn will return to Hay-on-Wye next May with all of the big ideas, show-stopping performances and late night parties you’ve come to expect.

The entire programme of HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 will take place on a newly expanded site that stretches across the banks of the River Wye. Across the weekend, you’ll have the chance to see over 80 debates & talks and over 100 music & comedy acts.

What’s more, our non stop dance venue, the Riverside Disco and The People’s Front Room music collective will be back by popular demand, bigger than last year. We’ll be bringing the Hat Sessions - a programme of intimate and experiential talks - to Hay for the first time. And there’ll be open platform round table discussions, cabaret, documentaries, vintage rides, IAI Academy courses, Wellbeing, and much, much more. All on one site…and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We’re getting ready to think, talk and dance right next to the river. Book Now

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HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Kick-Starter Programme

Want to get a taste of working in media and the arts from within the world’s largest philosophy and music festival?

We’re on the hunt for enthusiastic and dedicated young people to join our Kick-Starter Programme, a skills development programme for young people interested in the media or creative industries who are looking to gain valuable experience for their future careers. You will volunteer alongside our fun and friendly festival team to produce HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019, a unique event which sees world-leading thinkers and performers gather at our beautiful festival location along the river Wye. Not only will you learn new skills and meet new friends and contacts, you will also get the unique experience of seeing festival debates, live music, film, and comedy from behind the scenes as part of our team.

Places on the Festival Kick-Starter Programme are available to people aged 18+ from around the UK and beyond. We currently have opportunities for those looking for experience in any of the following areas:
• Events Management
• Filming & Broadcast Media
• Glamping & Accommodation
• Press & Journalism
• Education & Development
• Events Marketing

All applicants must be available between Tuesday 21st May and Monday 27th May. Please note that whilst we will make every effort to place you in your preferred area of skills development, this may not always be possible and we reserve the right to offer you a place in a different area of the Programme if necessary.

Please apply using the form below. Include your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 150 words), expressing your interest and your preferred area of skills development.
If you have any questions about the Programme, please email

We look forward to seeing you at HowTheLightGetsIn!

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