The last ten years have seen dramatic changes in what we expect from summer festivals. Not so long ago the choices were limited to tunnelling under the fence at Glastonbury, or champagne and warbling for a privileged few at Glyndebourne. But each year brings a plethora of new and innovative festivals, and now for the more cerebral festival-goer there is the Prospect sponsored How The Light Gets In, the UK’s first philosophy and music festival which starts this Friday at Hay and runs until 31st May.
The festival invites guest to “think/listen/dance/play”, and offers a programme ranging from philosophy seminars to arts and theatre workshops and musical performances. The line-up includes Susan Neiman, Will Hutton, Phillip Blond and Geoff Mulgan, as well as Prospect’s own David Goodhart, who will be discussing market regulation and individual freedoms. Other topics of discussion include religious fundamentalism, utopianism, revolution and the enlightenment.
After putting the world to rights, guests can relax in the evenings when the music starts, with everything from indie folk to Afro-Celt fusion and reggae. Click here for more details.