TEDxStKilda Wrap-Up

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A great day for ideas worth spreading!

We are enormously pleased with the success of TEDxStKilda 2016.

Despite a chilly winter’s day, we had a full house at the Phoenix Theatre to see our line-up of speakers and performers.

From Dr Brock Bastian discussing the merits of pain to Dr Kate Charlton-Robb revealing the existence of a new species of dolphin, everyone had something amazing to tell us. While everyone spoke with passion and humanity, not many of us are likely to forget the powerful yet humorous story of Fablice Manirakiza, as a former child soldier and refugee.

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We listened avidly to Cathy Humphrey of Sacred Heart Mission who spoke with great clarity and conviction about the issue of homelessness in Australia. Mark Pershin challenged us to eat with environmental awareness and introduced us to the Climatarian diet.

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A prolific screenwriter, Andrea Buck explained how even a brain aneurism couldn’t deny her meaning and joy from life. On the other side of Australia, neuroscientist Sheree Cairney works with indigenous communities in Arnhem land. Her presentation reflected on the meaning of happiness for our first peoples.

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Adam Radly talked us through the philosophy of happiness and the meaning of success. He offered great insight as someone who had experienced the highs of financial success and mingled with the rich and famous. Offering a humorous take on (of all things) suicide, Andrew Goodone managed to make us laugh at one of society’s unspoken horrors. His work with at-risk youth through filmmaking was great to hear about.

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We had an amazing line-up of talent for the performance aspect of our day. Fablice, who also spoke, had us all singing along to his hip-hop performance ‘Light of Freedom’ with back-up vocals from Mele Tu Taleva Napaa. We also had Gareth Hart and Rod Price with an intriguing interpretative dance accompanied by some interesting audio feedback loops. Matthias Schack-Arnott astounded with his awesome percussive performance which included Chinese cymbals to great effect. We were lucky enough to end with Steve Ward’s Cartesian Spheres. As powerful combination of modern day electronica and classical music with an immersive visual component, it was a great way finish to a great day!

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And we can’t forget to thank our amazing partners – without their collaboration and amazing contributions the event would not have been the same.We had innovative and attention-grabbing graphics and art design from HM Group, volunteer tshirts from Organic tshirts and Made Pryor and catering from Finn Cafe and Top Nosh Catering. We’re also grateful for production support from Geomedia, Farmhouse Films, Audio Chemistry and Up and Up. We made amazing local connections with our community with support from Cobraskin, the Palais Theatre, the Astor, 7 Apples, and the Grumpy Swimmer. Our event couldn’t have happened without the support of My Soirée and Port Phillip City Council.

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