TEDxSydney to return to Sydney Opera House on May 21 with theme of learning

tedxAnnual ideas festival TEDxSydney has announced it will return to the Sydney Opera House on Thursday May 21 with an expanded public event program which will see a free live site available to the public on the Opera House forecourt.

The 2015 event will have a strong youth focus as it embraces the overall theme of learning. It will use the weekday timing to engage students, from primary school to university, in the event.

TEDxSydney head of editorial & curation Edwina Throsby said: “One of the great things about TEDxSydney is that it is for all people of all ages. Just because you’ve finished school or Uni doesn’t mean that you stop learning, or stop being curious.  Our stage for 2015 will celebrate lifelong learning, and recognise that teachers can be found in unexpected places.”

Next year’s event will see the University of Sydney return as principal partner, with St George Bank also signing up as a three-year principal partner.

Martine Jager, general manager of marketing, customer experience and mortgage broking at St.George Bank, said: “We are thrilled to come on board as principle sponsors for TEDxSydney and open more doors to supporting innovation and creativity for our customers and our community. At St.George, we always strive to help people start something and turn their dreams into reality – listening and learning about our customers is at the heart of everything we do. We are delighted to be part of the awesome experience that will be TEDxSydney.”

This year’s event saw 2,700 people attend the event at the Sydney Opera House, with 7,000 attending a TEDxSydney satellite event somewhere in the world.

TEDxSydney licensee Remo Giuffré said: “The momentum TEDxSydney has experienced over the past five years has been quite awesome – our content from last year’s event alone has amassed more than 10 million views in just over five months. To put that statistic in context, with that audience we could empty and refill the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House every single day of the year for 12 years.

“For next year’s event, we are looking to integrate more closely than ever with the living conversations of our city and our community, workplaces and schools. We are working on a whole of House strategy for our venues, including a fantastic open live site on the Opera House forecourt, which anyone will be able to attend.

“The 2015 event occurs in the middle of the Sydney Writer’s Festival and the day before the launch of Vivid, putting extra focus on Sydney as a source for ideas and inspiration.”


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