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TEDxWhitehaven event to bring people together to share experience

16707767208_3f7ec1183d_z[A]n event which promotes ideas worth spreading is heading back to Whitehaven on Wednesday 7th September. The event is being hosted in the recently reopened Gaiety Cinema.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWhitehaven, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxWhitehaven event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.

TEDxWhitehaven will host talks by seven speakers, the majority of whom have been announced on the website – they include Ken Powell (Freelance Writer and Education Consultant), Andrew Bernard (Entrepreneur), Richard Morgan (Recruitment Specialist), Tara Vallente (Journalist and PR Guru), Brian Wernham (Project Management Specialist) and Sally Fielding (Entrepreneur).

Curator Luke Richardson, said: “We were keen to show that the Gaiety can be used for events as well as to show films. This will give the venue another income stream to secure its future in the town. It’s wonderful to be able to use such an iconic venue which is full of memories for everyone in Whitehaven.”

Dianne Richardson, curator said: “We’re very excited about the speakers we’re talking to about 2016 and it’s wonderful to have been able to confirm Ken, Bernie, Richard and Brian so far’. To find out more about the speakers, check out

In an effort to become more sustainable the event (organised by a not for profit group) has had to sell tickets to raise income to cover the costs of the event. “Selling tickets is crucial to this event and future events. We don’t get paid, nor do the speakers, it’s all voluntary – so the income from tickets is just covering the cost of hosting the event and producing the videos which will be shared on YouTube. If people are planning on coming along, I would ask that they buy tickets now” said Luke Richardson from TEDxWhitehaven

Tickets for the event are available on

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