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TEDxCardiff Announces Two More Speakers for their Biggest Ever Event


The organisers of TEDxCardiff have announced two more speakers for their biggest ever event, as tickets for the April event went on sale Thursday 2nd February 2017. But those wanting to be at the event with the mantra ‘ideas worth spreading’ will need to act quickly –tickets for the last event sold out in a matter of minutes.

Playwright Lisa Parry and podcast host Mark Leruste will join ‘First ladies of ‘Cue’ Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn from street-food phenomenon Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and world record holding adventurer Ash Dykes on stage at Tramshed on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

Lisa is a Cardiff-based playwright whose work has been performed in theatres in Wales, London and on New York’s Broadway.  She’s the founder of the female playwright contingent Agent 160 and last year, co-founded the Cardiff-based Illumine Theatre. The company aims to ‘reveal stories hidden in plain sight’ and is working towards it first production.

Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerHer talk will explore how science and theatre can come together, reflecting on her own journey, while collaborating with the actress Natalie Paisey for an illustrative short performance.

Mark Leruste’s talk will tackle what it takes to lead a purposeful life. His journey towards his dream career started when his YouTube CV went viral, leading him to become the country manager at the Movember Foundation, before starting his podcast The Unconventionalists.

Hosting the show, he’s interviewed more than 200 leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, politicians, CEOs, authors and adventurers from 25 different countries over the last ten years. From making Nelson Mandela’s right hand man cry to asking New York Times bestseller Tim Ferriss about his fear of failure, Mark is an expert at using his warm manner to tease out the truth and create moments of total honesty.

Mark said:

“It’s such a huge honour to be invited to share the TEDxCardiff stage with a roster of amazing speakers. As my mum grew up in Rhosesmor, a tiny village near Mold, coming back to my roots feels even more special.”

Further speaker announcements will be made in the run up to the event which takes place on Saturday 22 April 2017 at the Tramshed. Tickets for the whole day will cost £25 and are available from See Tickets:

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event and the annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TEDx are local events organised globally to give people across the world the opportunity to stimulate dialogue on how to change the world.

The Cardiff event is organised by Claire Scantlebury and Neil Cocker. Claire and Neil both have a great passion for demonstrating the world class talents that Wales has to offer as well as inspiring the local community to do brilliant things.

Claire said:

“We’re prepared for our usual ticket rush but the good news is that we’ve moved to the Tramshed, meaning we can bring more people together to hear ideas worth sharing.”

Neil said:

“TEDxCardiff is about triggering change.  We want people to come along in April with an open mind and leave inspired to do something differently with their life or their outlook.”

The event’s gold sponsors are Cardiff University and the Waterloo Foundation, who have gifted their sponsorship package to National Botanic Garden of Wales.