Observer holds TED-licensed 'festival of ideas'

The Observer is to hold a day-long “festival of ideas” under license from US-based conference and events organisation TED.

The TEDxObserver event will take place on Saturday, 19 March, at Guardian News and Media’s Kings Place headquarters in London – with tickets costing £65.

Observer editor John Mulholland said: “TEDxObserver will encapsulate the philosophy of The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper which has a long tradition of encouraging debate, discourse and the spread of ideas.

‘The day-long festival of ideas is packed with an incredibly diverse range of speakers. On the day, around twenty leaders in their respective fields will deliver a series of short talks, by turns inspirational, provocative and emotional, on a range of issues.”

The event ,called “Where Inspiration meets Action”, will also include short films and musical performances, and be streamed live to venues in Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

List of confirmed speakers:

  • Sarah Brown: Campaigner and writer
  • Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish: Doctor and author
  • Cory Doctorow: Sci-fi writer, blogger, editor
  • Jason Drew: International businessman, serial entrepreneur
  • Denise Lewis: Olympian, broadcaster, Unicef ambassador
  • René Redzepi: Head chef at Noma, the world’s best restaurant
  • Geoff Mulgan: Academic, Chief Executive of the Young Foundation.
  • Ivor Setterfield, conductor, musician
  • MJ Delaney: Director, ‘Newport, State of Mind”
  • Lewis Pugh: Environmental campaigner, endurance swimmer and maritime lawyer
  • Petra Nemcova: Ex-supermodel and philanthropist
  • Mariella Frostrup: Broadcaster and Observer columnist
  • Martine Wright: 7/7 survivor
  • Mark Solms: Lecturer, psychoanalyst
  • Goldie: DJ, musician
  • Peter Lovatt: Principal lecturer, reader in psychology
  • Baaba Maal: Singer, musician
  • Cédric Villani: Mathematician
  • Russell Davies, Wired columnist, blogger

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