PARLIAMENT’S SUCCESSFUL TEDx EVENT RETURNS ON FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2013 WITH AN EXCITING LINE-UP OF SPEAKERS TAKING CENTRE STAGE AT LONDON’S QEII CONFERENCE CENTRE TO DISCUSS DEMOCRACY AND REPRESENTATION

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On the back of the success of last year’s inaugural event, TEDxHousesofParliament returns bigger and better this summer on Friday 14th June 2013 at QEII Conference Centre in the heart of Westminster. Tickets are on sale from Monday 4th March and available to purchase online at http://tedxhousesofparliament2013.eventbrite.co.uk priced at £60 – day ticket and £85 – day and evening ticket. Limited number of student tickets will also be available for £35. Demand for tickets is expected to be high and it’s recommended that prospective buyers visit the ticketing website as soon as possible to increase their chances of being successful.

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This year’s stellar line-up of speakers, who will each give their own unique short talk connected to the theme of democracy and representation, includes: Oscar-winning film director and now Labour Peer Lord Puttnam; Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former Director-General of National Trust Dame Fiona Reynolds; author and games producer Thomas Rawlings; philosopher, cross-bench member of the House of Lords and incoming chair of The Equality and Human Rights Commission Baroness O’Neill; film director and cross-bench member of the House of Lords Baroness Kidron; Microsoft Kinnect and Sesame Street team members Rob Stevens and Jason Milligan; managing editor of Storyful.Com Markham Nolan; poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay; journalist, women’s rights advocate and CEO of the Thompson Reuters Foundation Monique Villa; film and television actor Colin Salmon; Former Attorney General for England and Wales Baroness Scotland QC; British space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock; permanent secretary at Cabinet Office and First Parliamentary Counsel Richard Heaton; Executive Chair of real-time analytics company Semetric and Chairman of MusicGlue Jeremy Silver; author and professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University Adam Roberts and award-winning inventor, scientist and cancer researcher Jack Andraka, with music again provided by the outstanding London Oriana Choir – one of Britain’s leading choral groups.

Tom O’Leary, TEDx Licensee and Co-curator, says: “We are thrilled to be bringing TEDx back to the Houses of Parliament this year. We have a tremendous set of speakers who will each tackle the themes of democracy and representation in their own way, so expect some surprising and unusual talks. TEDx is all about sharing ideas, so each talk is filmed and made available online shortly after the event. Take a look at tedxhousesofparliament.com for more details.”

‘TED’ stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. It is a non-profit organisation devoted to ‘ideas worth sharing’. The TED format is a series of talks and performances no longer than 18 minutes in front of a live audience which is also streamed to a wider audience and recorded for later publication on YouTube and the main website. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organised. At TEDxHousesofParliament, TEDTalks, videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection. Recordings of last year’s talks have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on the main TEDx site and also at http://www.tedxhousesofparliament.com

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