TEDxSouthampton has announced its first major supporter for its event which will be held in the autumn.
The city’s iconic Mayflower Theatre will not only stage the event in November but host the auditions for speakers in July.
Lee Peck, the license holder and co-curator of TEDxSouthampton, said: “Mayflower Theatre – the fourth largest in the UK – is a world-class venue so we are absolutely thrilled that it will be a key part of our preparations for our event. The theatre is at the centre of the community and a big focus for the city so everyone associated with our event couldn’t be happier.”
Mayflower Theatre CEO Michael Ockwell said: “TEDx is a hugely prestigious brand and to welcome the event to Mayflower is a real pleasure. Undoubtedly lockdown has had a big impact on the theatre so to stage this event is a big boost for us all.
“At this time the safety of our team and guests remains our top priority and crucially we have the space to ensure everyone can adhere to the social distancing guidelines of the day. Suffice to say we’re really looking forward to a terrific event and to showcase our venue to the world.”
TEDxSouthampton co-curator Annelies James said: “Michael and his team have been so supportive, and their help and experience will be invaluable. Mayflower Theatre is such a magnificent and creative space, the energy is a perfect fit for the theme of the TEDxSouthampton event. We can’t thank them enough for their expertise and ongoing support of this great event for Southampton and the region.
“The response to a call for engaging, innovative and fascinating speakers for the TEDxSouthampton event being held in the autumn has been phenomenal and we have been absolutely thrilled by the quality of those wanting to speak at our event on Wednesday November 11. The numbers too have exceeded all our expectations with more than 90 applications.”
It promises to be a full programme of 12 diverse talks and performances, plus an opportunity to network with members of the community.
The theme of the event will be centred around human to human connection in all its forms and include a focus on innovation, connectedness and untapping personal potential.
James added: “Speeches must present a solution or inspiration, rather than a problem and above all it must be short and focused and last no more than 18 minutes. It’s important that each speaker is thoroughly rehearsed and has memorised their talk.”
Lee Peck said: “From the response we’ve had, we’ve proved there’s a huge appetite for the event. The local business community as well as individuals are keen to collaborate, drive this event forward and give the city another reason to stand out.”
“The event will be a superb vehicle for sponsors too so if there are any interested parties then please get in touch with me. We can put packages together for all budgets.”
He added: “More than anything we’re thrilled to be staging this unique event to create some positivity and hope during this current difficult period for the UK. Southampton is a great city and deserves to be showcased and the talent put onto an International stage. TEDx is an incredible platform and I feel this would give people an opportunity to make their mark, give back and foster a really positive outcome for themselves, the attendees and the wider audience.”