Twice a year, the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) puts on the HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, the world's largest philosophy and music festival taking place in Hay-on-wye and in London.

In recent years we have started offering a Kick-Starter Programme, a skills development programme for young people looking to gain experience in arts and media through working for a few days at our festival.

Places on the Festival Kick-Starter Programme are available to people over 18 from around the UK and beyond. Kick-Starters will rotate through a variety of roles, and can expect to gain experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Events Management
  • Hospitality
  • Press & Marketing
  • Education & Development
  • Artist Liaison

Young people would also get entry to the festival via a staff wristband, so it's a great way to experience a unique event whilst also adding something really useful to their CVs.

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