Ladi6 Takes the Stage with Julian Arahanga at TEDxChristchurch

“Modern miracle worker” Dr Swee Tan, YouTube sensation Finnian Galbraith, and tap-dancing duo The Sintes Brothers join a world-class selection of speakers and performers on 3 October.

Key Points

·       Second wave of speakers announced for TEDxChristchurch 2015: ‘Think Again’

·       Strong youth representation on stage

·       Youth and Stall memberships sold out; remaining memberships selling fast

·       TEDxChristchurch Village to include display vehicles from EVolocity, TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more

Christchurch, New Zealand – She is best known for her music, with Platinum-selling hits such as “Like Water.” But at TEDxChristchurch, Ladi6 won’t just be singing; she’ll be joining producer and director Julian Arahanga to share the story of the acclaimed TV show Songs from the Inside.

Ladi6 and Julian are just two of the more than 20 extraordinary individuals set to take the stage at TEDxChristchurch on Saturday, 3 October. Already announced are former deputy domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, Eric Liu; a co-founder of Tesla Motors, Ian Wright; journalist Rod Oram; musician Jason Kerrison; comedian Michele A’Court, and right-to-die advocate Matt Vickers.

Over 1,000 eager thinkers have already snapped up memberships to the one-day event. While Youth and Stall memberships are sold out, there are some Dress and Grand memberships remaining. Donor memberships are also available, offering the exclusive opportunity to meet the speakers before the event.

Today’s speaker announcement includes a number of additional luminaries. Dr Swee Tan has been called a “modern miracle worker” for his revolutionary treatment of strawberry birthmarks, with significant implications for cancer research. Frances Valintine is the founder of The Mind Lab, which is transforming the way teachers approach education in the digital age. Carolina Izzo is a conservator who has been entrusted with the care and restoration of some of the world’s most precious artifacts – including our very own Isaac Theatre Royal. Professor Max Suckling is an expert on insect ecology. And Craig Jarvis is an architectural designer pushing the boundaries of sustainable living.

There will be strong youth representation on stage as well. 15-year-old Finnian Galbraith shot to fame in July when a video he posted about the pronunciation of Māori words went viral. And 11-year-old Analise Twemlow, who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome, will be joined by her mother Robyn Twemlow to talk about the disability.

North Canterbury duo The Sintes Brothers will make you think again about tap dancing, and the whole show will be opened by pan-tribal kapa haka group Te Pao a Tahu.

Thanks to partners like Meridian Energy, Davis Ogilvie, Christchurch City Council, and the US Embassy, the TEDxChristchurch Village will be a feast for the senses, featuring display vehicles from EVolocity, the TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more. The TEDxChristchurch commitment to local, sustainable, organic and delicious food is also as strong as ever; lunch includes offerings from renowned chefs Richard Till, Jonny Schwass, and Alesha Jean Bilbrough-Collins. The catering, as well as free barista coffee from Hummingbird and Coffee Worx, the event afterparty and the world-famous-in-Christchurch goody bag, are included in every event membership. Memberships are available at www.tedxchristchurch.com and through Eventfinda.com.

Gwen Hooper2015, Think Again