HowTheLightGetsIn 2018 | Ideas, Comedy & Music Festival
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HowTheLightGetsIn 2018

HowTheLightGetsIn 2018

HowTheLightGetsIn 2018 | Ideas, Comedy & Music Festival

It’s strange when a sentence doesn’t end how you flamingo.

So just imagine how mind-bending the talks at a philosophy festival are going to be.

Well, a philosophy, comedy, and music festival to be precise. It’s called HowTheLightGetsIn, and in lieu of spaces between their words, they’re setting up a space up on Hampstead Heath this weekend where they can look down on the rest of London (we hope only in the literal sense). And quite a big space it’s going to be, because it needs to have room for 8 stages with 50 debates & talks, 40 music & comedy acts, long table banquets, several pop up bars, street food, and more. Here’s how it all breaks down:


Having established quite a reputation for themselves over the past few years (the festival was founded in 2010), they’ve managed to enlist a pretty impressive lineup of minds to share their bountiful thoughts – expect famed cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker; frequent Stephen Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose; former UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; Nobel Prize winner Gerard ‘t Hooft; Harvard professor Sophia Roosth; surgeon, neuroscientist & smell researcher (seriously) Katherine Whitcroft, and maaaany more.

You’ll get your chance to throw your hat into the ring too, with debates which you’re more than welcome to participate in on topics ranging from ‘The morality of the tribe’, to ‘Is reality necessary?’. Though, for the purposes of that particular debate, it probably is.


As we mentioned, jammed into this space there’ll be Long Table Banquets with five courses of wild mushroom beignets, honey & blood orange roasted sea bass, confit duck with maple parsnips, pumpkin & pecan pie with cardamom fudge, etc. And complimentary Champagne. Then there are the three pop up bars, the boozy sorbet stall, and the Open Platform meals where guests will sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the various speakers to have a chat over some food.


The bands leading the charge will include Rae Morris, Afriquoi, Ewan Pearson, and Stealing Sheep, with more than a dozen more to back them up. On the comedy front, you can expect gigs from Sarah Keyworth, Ahir Shah, Alfie Brown, and Olga Koch.

Who are all funny choices.

NOTE: HowTheLightGetsIn 2018 will take place on the 22nd & 23rd September at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. You can find out more, and get ticket on their website HERE.


Kenwood House | Hampstead Ln, Highgate, NW3 7JR

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HowTheLightGetsIn 2018

Hampstead Ln, Hampstead, NW3 7JR


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