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TEDxQueenstown: Tickets on sale and final speakers announced

TEDxQueenstown: Tickets on sale and final speakers announced

Queenstown songstress Holly Arrowsmith and social theorist Frederique Gulcher will be joining the programme for TEDxQueenstown: Sense of Place. Arrowsmith and Gultcher complete the line-up of speakers and performers for the February 22 event, with tickets going on sale from 10am tomorrow.

On the cusp of achieving major milestones as an emerging artist, Holly Arrowsmith is currently recording her first album, and will be the opening act at the 2014 NZ Open’s Open Sounds concert. Arrowsmith attributes her progress to finding her purpose and ‘Sense of Place’ in music and challenges others to discover and pursue their unique purpose.

Having resided in Africa, Europe and the South Pacific, the fabric of Frederique Gulcher’s personal culture is eclectic and diverse. Now a passionate Queenstown local, Gulcher will make observations on Queenstown’s eclectic and diverse community and explore what it takes for people to feel connected to a place and feel they fit in.

Arrowsmith and Gulcher will be joining a programme of esteemed speakers and performers including internationally renowned nutritional biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver, former MEGA CEO Vikram Kumar, RadioLIVE correspondent Andrew Patterson, musician ‘Mathias Piano Man’ Lefebvre, and University of Canterbury Senior Research Fellow John Reid.

Co-curator Cesar Piotto is excited about the diverse range of speakers TEDxQueenstown: Sense of place has brought together this year.

“We have a great mix of local, national and international speakers with backgrounds ranging from science to business to music. This will create a fantastic open environment where we can explore, from many different angles, how we define our sense of place.”

TEDxQueenstown: Sense of Place will be held at Queenstown Memorial Centre. Tickets are limited to 100 and will go on sale from 10am Tuesday 28 January from Ticketek. Join the conversation now on twitter, facebook or at

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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