TEDxNewy 2011, ‘Shock of the New’, will feature a selection of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading.
The invitation-only one-day event will be held in Newcastle on 12 November 2011 at the Playhouse Theatre. A group of 200 change-makers, innovators, thinkers, creative souls, cultural leaders and social pioneers will witness a back-to-back schedule of talks and performances.
An application process to be selected as part of the audience has closed and tickets have been allocated. However anyone can take part as an audience to view the live webstream simulcast at the TEDxNewy Overflow Venue at the Mulubinba Room, City Hall from 9am, or you can watch from any internet-enabled computer. The live webstream link will be made available at www.tedxnewy.com on the day.
Confirmed speakers and performers include:
+ Dr John Aitken, Laureate professor specialising in reproductive biology
+ Conor Ashleigh, visual storyteller
+ Julie Baird, deputy director of Newcastle Museum
+ Gerry Bobsien, writer, surfer and reluctant ballet mother
+ Dr Bernie Curran, all-round academic questioning the balance of culture
+ Mark Jackson, community musician and ringleader of Newcastle’s ukulele orchestras
+ Sarita Koushik, recently graduated speech pathologist
+ Dr David Lubans, researcher promoting healthy resilience amongst youngsters
+ Liz Mullinar, ex-casting agent turned advocate for survivors of childhood abuse
+ Dave Robertson & Silas Moss (The Naked Runners), changing the world one stride at a time
+ Dr Peter Saul, senior intensive care specialist at John Hunter Hospital
+ Tim Silverwood, environmentalist fresh from a visit to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
+ Jason van Genderen, award-winning film maker
+ Marcus Westbury, producer of some of Australia’s more innovative and unconventional cultural events