HowTheLightGetsIn, the main pageant of music and philosophy, will return to London this September for a celebration of massive concepts. Kenwood Home, on Hampstead Heath, would be the picturesque setting for debates on subjects as numerous because the Western worldview and the character of happiness.

“This 12 months’s theme is ‘error and renaissance’,” mentioned thinker and pageant founder Hilary Lawson. “The likes of Peter Singer, Esther Freud, Grace Blakeley, Donald Hoffman, Paul Mason and David Hare will come collectively to try to determine the elemental errors that we have now made in our theories, the organisation of society and in world affairs – all whereas trying to new types of thought and motion to rebuild afresh.”

Hosted by the Institute of Artwork and Concepts, the pageant will leaven the philosophical debate with music from the Mercury nominees Django Django and Gwenno, comedy from Ahir Shah and Alexandra Haddow, and cabaret from “sequin-clad satirical weirdos” Bourgeois & Maurice.

In response to Lawson, the leisure is an integral a part of the philosophical mission. “Music is about being absolutely current and experiencing being alive,” he mentioned. “Considering is just one a part of the philosophical story. Being is the opposite. And we’re often nearer to that on the dance flooring than within the lecture corridor.

“There’s a threat with public debates and lectures that standing will get in the best way of real dialog. In a hushed lecture corridor, the type of the occasion provides standing and authority to the lecturer. However to get actual debate the place individuals are genuinely speaking to one another you will need to soften the environment.”

The pageant takes its identify from a Leonard Cohen lyric which conveys the same sentiment: that what would possibly at first appear to be imperfections are actually indispensable. “There’s a crack in all the things,” the Canadian songwriter sang in Anthem. “That’s how the sunshine will get in.”

Since its inception, the pageant has been in search of “to return philosophy to massive concepts, and to place these concepts on the coronary heart of our tradition”, Lawson mentioned. The purpose is to not current “a single definitive fact” however to hunt out “new frames to be uncovered, new lands to discover which may assist to handle the troubles of our time”.

HowTheLightGetsIn takes place at Kenwood Home, London, on 17-18 September. Tickets are on sale now, and readers of The Week can get a 20% low cost with the promo code WEEK22

For many who can’t attend in individual, among the pageant can be streamed on-line and all of the debates and talks can be regularly launched within the months following the pageant on the Institute of Artwork and Concepts web site, IAI.TVLearn extra about HowTheLightGetsIn, together with a Q&A with Hilary Lawson