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Festival, Fri 24 - Mon 27 May 2019



The world’s largest philosophy and music festival returns to Hay-on-Wye for May 2019.

The festival is packed with stimulating debates, covering everything from politics and art to philosophy and science. Previous speakers include Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, political theorist Noam Chomsky, and actors Helen Lederer and Sally Phillips, and former Conservative leader Michael Howard. Meanwhile on the music front they've been joined by headliners like Gilles Peterson, Rae Morris, King Charles and Mercury Prize nominees Ghostpoet, C Duncan and ESKA. Next years line-up to be announced soon.

There’ll be more than 200 events that include debates, talks, music, comedy and cabaret performances that will dazzle and amaze until the Midnight Mayhem parties begin. There’ll be plenty of time relax during the day, whether that’s yoga, dining over a Long Table Banquet, or meeting the speakers for a chat over tea and cake – or even an evening wine tasting - at the Open Platform sessions.

HowTheLightGetsIn bring together speakers pushing their disciplines forward. The conversations shape the intellectual landscape, so it's only natural to host them against the beautiful backdrop of Hay-on-Wye.

Hear eminent thinkers in every field engage one another in cutting-edge debates in a uniquely accessible format. Move from a discussion between leading scientists and philosophers on the mystery of experience to a panel where politicians clash with activists on the future of feminism - and make sure to have your say, too.

The biggest ideas set free in a space of play.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCredit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

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Fri 24 - Mon 27 May 2019

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Map reference: SO 228422  Lat: 52.07276 Long: -3.12775

Off the A438 Hereford to Bronllys/Brecon road.

Accessible by Public Transport: 21 miles from Hereford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
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