Want to prolong festival season? A mix of talks and music in serene Kenwood House accompanied by exciting food prepared by forward-thinking chefs await at How the Light Gets In, now the world’s largest philosophy and music event. It takes place the weekend of 21st and 22nd September. The theme this year is Unchartered Territory, a fitting title for state of play in the UK, and the wider world, right now.
Music stars include Nerina Pallot, Don Letts, Sam and the Womp, CC Smugglers, Olivia Fern and many more.
On the talks side of the things, these are my personal highlights: Economists Yanis Varoufakis, Mariana Mazzucato and Guy Standing to talk about the failures of capitalism. There will be debates with Rory Stewart and Natalie Bennett talking about the future of politics plus award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch and astronomer Royal Martin Rees .
Also on the lineup: Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam plus Emma Barnett and Brian Eno, LGBT activist Peter Tatchell . For a perhaps lighter relief on the comedy front from the likes of Tony Law, Olga Koch, Alfie Brown, Sophie Duker.
During the day there will be plenty of debates and talks on offer, while evening moves into more relaxing music mode with artists and live DJ sets.
Also: candlelit nightly themed long-table banquets, plus an award-winning selection of food and drink stalls, from local London ales and organic steaks in the Waterfront Bar & Kitchen to Nigerian home cooking by the multi-award winning Flavours of Africa, plus artisan cocktails at the Perrier-Jouet champagne bar.
How the Light Gets In – 21, 22nd September