Sadler’s Wells played host for the first time to TEDxLondon 2017 on Sunday 4 June. The event, attended by 1,400 guests, focused on the theme of confidence.
TEDxLondon 2017 took to the main stage of the 1,500-capacity theatre with a mission to shine new light on the extraordinary capacity of individuals to survive and thrive, celebrate those who have the self-belief to break the mould and ask big questions about the future of our societies and the planet. An eclectic mix of speakers included scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, spoken word artists and international fashion designers.
Contemporary vocal ensemble Reverie performed on stage, as well as violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, the only British artist to be selected for the programme of the prestigious European Concert Halls Organisation for the 2016/17 season.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Past TED speakers have included entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson, British primatologist Jane Goodall and American author Elizabeth Gilbert.
Kelly McGibney, events executive at Sadler’s Wells, comments: “It was a huge honour to welcome such a prestigious event as TEDxLondon to the Sadler’s Wells stage. It was a successful, sold-out event with over 1,400 attendees, and waiting list of over 1,500 people. At Sadler’s Wells, we pride ourselves on nurturing talent and catering for all, so it was great to see so many varied and inspiring speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise. The theme of confidence was particularly relevant, being such a key part of the events industry.”
Tom O’Leary, TEDxLondon director, added: “London is one of the greatest cities on earth, with ideas and creativity running through it like lifeblood. Our job at TEDxLondon is to dip our toes into that, and to sample and showcase the brilliant individuals and ideas that we find. And if we can help people see the world differently or inspire them, then it is all worth it.”