After a year of hard work – interviewing, organising and attending other TEDx events around the world – the big day was finally here.
On Saturday 25th November 2017, TEDxWandsworth kicked off at South Thames College on Wandsworth High Street for the third year running.
This year’s theme was ‘Truth and dare’, challenging the 16 speakers to talk honestly for 10 minutes about important issues or how daring they’d been in their own life decisions. We heard fascinating stories, emotional documentation and life struggles, along with fearful encounters and funny, happy memories.
These inspirational speeches left the TEDx delegates in various states from shock and disbelief to a sense of being overwhelmed, as well as the urge to laugh and cry tears of joy. You can find the full line up of speakers for TEDxWandsworth 2017 here.
Each session included a set from a musical act. Enchanting sounds flooded the auditorium with a powerful, upbeat performance from Melodic Gold, a band that met and continue to study at South Thames College.
In session two, Tom Morley’s vibrant and energetic performance included audience participation; Tom had everyone up on their feet, dancing and singing along to his African drums and chants.
After lunch, we were treated to an incredible performance from Rodney Branigan, a singer-songwriter from Amarillo, Texas. He’s been touring his ‘One Man, Two Guitar’ show – and we were over-the-moon to have him perform at TEDxWandsworth 2017.
Khiyo, a London-influenced Bengali band, gave us goose bumps with a haunting performance to open the last session of the day. Another two powerful speeches followed before the event came to a comedic end thanks to Emma Stroud and her mantra: laugh more, lose your inhibitions, #BeMoreBanana.
TEDxWandsworth finished with a bang. There was wine, beer, soft drinks and a vast amount of snacks, kindly provided by one of this year’s sponsors. As the wine flowed, the speakers – and all those involved with TEDxWandsworth 2017 – were finally able to reflect on an amazing achievement.
Amman and Kay would like to thank all the speakers, sponsors, delegates and, of course, the volunteers who made the event possible.
Until next year, Wandsworth.