The world’s largest philosophy and music festival is back to challenge the way you see the world. HowTheLightGetsIn returns to Hay-on-Wye to explore this year’s theme: The Known, the Strange and the New. The festival is programmed by the Institute of Art and Ideas and famed for bringing together thought-provoking debates with legendary parties. The 2016 program is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a line-up of world-leading thinkers and performers spanning from Frank Wilczek, Lawrence Krauss, Natalie Bennett, Roger Scruton and Helen Lederer to Ghostpoet, Gilles Peterson, King Charles, ESKA and Maribou State.
Questions that will be fiercely debated over 10 days include whether intelligent machines are in fact a real threat to humanity with philosophers David Chalmers and Kate Devlin, Closure theorist Hilary Lawson and Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman. Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss will challenge teleportation pioneer Lev Vaidman, chemist Peter Atkins and astrophysicist Catherine Heymans on whether other worlds exist. And Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan, author of Global Covenant David Held and Prospect journalist Sameer Rahim will debate whether we should rid ourselves of nations and borders. May 26- June 5, 2016.