TEDxExeter has announced its line-up of national and internationally recognised speakers for its seventh annual ideas festival to be held this spring.
The sold out event, which will take place on Friday 20th April, will address worldwide issues from the economy, environment and business to human rights, mental health and communication, under the overarching theme ‘Connect’.
In the line-up will be Brendan Cox, co-founder of More in Common and husband of the late Jo Cox MP, who was murdered by a far-right extremist in 2016.
Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “In this challenging climate where many communities appear to be feeling more and more divided, we have chosen this year to focus on making connections and building bridges.
“TEDxExeter has always been recognised for its high standard of speakers and we are extremely excited about the line-up for 2018. Over the last 12 months, we have carefully invited speakers from diverse walks of life and backgrounds to share their ideas with us and we feel that this event will present a highly thought provoking and inspiring day for audiences locally, nationally and internationally.
“Over the past seven years, TEDxExeter has built up such a reputation that we have attracted millions of viewers to our talks online – something that my team of volunteers and I are very proud of.”
The one-day conference will take place at the Northcott Theatre on Friday, April 20th, 2018 and will be simultaneously streamed to a live audience in the University of Exeter’s Alumni Auditorium. To meet exceptional demand to be part of the day, the talks will also be live streamed widely, including public screenings at the RAMM, Exeter Library and Exeter Phoenix and there are many more viewing parties already planned across the UK and around the world.
“We hope that the day will provide a platform for TEDxExeter attendees to hear remarkable speakers, reflect and connect with each other, and that they will leave at the end of the day feeling engaged and inspired to make a positive difference,” concludes Claire.
The speakers, who are being officially announced at the TEDxExeter launch event on Thursday, 1st February, at Exeter’s Royal Albert Museum, will include:
Alan Crickmore – Ambassador for Storybook Dads
Amy & Ella Meek – Founders of campaign Kids Against Plastic
Anthony Painter – Director, Action and Research Centre at the Royal Society of Arts
Brendan Cox – Co-founder, More in Common
Patrick Grant – Regular media presenter and commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles; founder of Community Clothing
Rebekah Afari – Former student at Exeter’s Royal Academy for Deaf Education and member of the youth advisory board of the National Deaf Children’s Society
Tom Chapman – Founder of the The Lions Barber Collective which helps raise awareness for the prevention of suicide
Professor Sophie Scott – Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience; Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 2017
Kate Garbers – Director of Unseen, a charity working towards a world without slavery
Cóilín Nunan – Scientific adviser to the Soil Association and to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.
Farrah Storr – Award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan
Dexter Dias – Human rights barrister, part-time Crown Court judge and author; works pro bono internationally with survivors of FGM, modern day slavery, human trafficking and violence against women and girls.
Rafida Bonya Ahmed – a secularist thinker, writer and campaigner who survived a brutal Islamic extremist attack; her husband did not
JJ Bola – A Kinshasa-born, London-raised writer, poet, and educator
Glass Parachutes – Featuring musicians Fionn Connolly, Finlay Stafford, David Nunn & Freddie Redding
TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event licensed by TED, organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses. TEDxExeter’s 2017 annual ideas festival in April was attended by a combined audience of more than 900 people in the Exeter Northcott theatre and Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium. Thousands more people were watching the live stream at over 180 gatherings in more than 50 countries around the world.
For more information, visit www.tedxexeter.com