Festivals Saturday, May 26th

Quiz: spot the fake debates from the real events at this weekend's philosophy fest HowTheLightGetsIn

Festivals Saturday, May 26th

Quiz: spot the fake debates from the real events at this weekend's philosophy fest HowTheLightGetsIn

Last night, How The Light Gets In kicked off four days of the kind of free-wheeling philosophy and alcohol consumption that Oscar Wilde would approve of.

There’s loads to love about this year’s programme – food, comedy and the better Scissor Sister on the decks – but what is notable compared to previous years is that for the daytime slots, HTLGI has ditched a number of the stand-alone academic talks in favour setting up debates with Panels Of Interesting People.

The set-up is simple. Come up with a provocative title, get three or four people from different sides of the spectrum, put them in a tent and see what happens.

It’s a great premise. It’s basically like crashing a Harvard after-party, just with more Diane Abbott. And the line-up looks head-spiningly good.

But there is a decisive – and very Hay-on-Wye - style in which these events are titled. Choose popular Guardian comment section topic, suggest the subject is either the saviour of all civilisation, or its undoubted downfall, and phrase the whole thing as a question. If you’re feeling wild, throw in three Guardian comment section words, one after each other, and add a colon.

Reckon you can tell the difference between the real debates and the ones fresh out of the Herefordshire Live Philosophy Discussion Point Generator? Have a go below.

And if you haven’t got tickets for an event yet, check out the full programme here – which includes all the debates, talks, HotDocs film screenings, music, breakfast discussions, lunch discussions, and even the late addition of Ed Miliband recording his new podcast live from the festival. If you can’t find something in the programme that gets you jazzed, you might want to check your pulse.

 

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