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Royal Albert Hall partners with TEDxAlbertopolis to offer an unparalleled celebration of the arts and sciences

10 April, 2013

As part of its mission to increase and promote access to the arts and sciences and provide quality experiences that stay long in the memory, the Royal Albert Hall has partnered with TEDxAlbertopolis, an historic event on Monday 23 September.

TEDxAlbertopolis will be the first TEDx event held at the Royal Albert Hall, and will present an unparalleled look at the artistic and scientific cultures that flourish within the South Kensington estate, known as Albertopolis, celebrating the ideas, motifs, concepts and philosophies that have thrived within its institutions.

A community as diverse as this has produced many world-class scientists, engineers, musicians and artists and now, for the first time ever, the intransient bond between them all will be showcased and applauded. This independently organized event, licensed by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), will consist of a half­day of inspiring and entertaining talks exploring how science, medicine and technology coexist with the arts in contributing to the fabrics of our society. Guided by a commitment to inclusivity and access for all, TEDxAlbertopolis is aimed at students and professionals, academics and non­academics, families and young people alike: if you have a curious mind, TEDxAlbertopolis will be for you!

Drawing on the rich history of Albertopolis, the event will take inspiration from the area's founding principle, led by Prince Albert and its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851, that the arts and sciences should work side by side for the public good. It is deeply fitting that such an event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall, the world's most famous stage. Not just providing a venue for some of the world’s most popular artists, it is a charity dedicated to increasing access to the arts and sciences, supporting the cultural life of the country and to inspire future generations. Named the Royal Albert Hall of the Arts and Sciences by Queen Victoria, it has not only championed live performances of the highest quality for over 140 years but also hosted scientific talks and events featuring the likes of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Professor Richard Dawkins.

Chris Cotton, Chief Executive at the Royal Albert Hall, said, ‘Exhibition Road and the surrounding cultural area known as Albertopolis is seen by many as the cultural heartland of London and the ultimate destination for anyone with a thirst for discovery, and creativity.
It is home to world leading arts, cultural, scientific and academic organisations where learning, generating and sharing knowledge is central to their purpose. We are thrilled to be partnering with TEDxAlbertopolis to host this significant “ideas worth spreading” event which I hope will demonstrate how we are all intrinsically linked with the  common aim to continue the work that Prince Albert envisioned over 150 years ago’

Gilead Amit and Kadhim Shubber, the organisers of TEDxAlbertopolis, said ‘TEDx events encourage communities to take pride in their collective achievements and share their successes with the world. Albertopolis is home to some of the greatest and most creative thinkers alive today, and it's hugely exciting to be organising an event that showcases the great ideas that have come out of this historic community.
Established by Prince Albert over a century ago, the guiding principles of Albertopolis remain astonishingly relevant to today’s world: that art and science, design and engineering, creativity and industry are each essential to solving the problems that humanity faces. There can be no more important message to bring to the Royal Albert Hall, and our event and our speakers will celebrate that legacy’

Speakers from a wide range of disciplines will share their unique perspective on the space where art and science meet. Those appearing at this year's TEDxAlbertopolis include Professor Dame Sally Davies, David Braben FREng, and many more to be revealed in the coming months.

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK Government’s principal medical advisor. In 2013, BBC Radio 4 included her as one of their top ten most powerful women in theUK. David Braben is a co­founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which promotes the teaching of computer science, and founder of Frontier, a games development studio in Cambridge. He created the classic 80s space trading game Elite, and has been described by The Times as a “British video game legend”.

TEDxAlbertopolis is run under license from TED, a US non­profit organisation formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading" through a series of prestigious annual conferences and an extraordinary online library of recorded talks that are shared worldwide. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self­organized events that bring people together to share a TED­like experience. TEDx events revolve around celebrating the achievements of a community ­ and there can be few communities whose achievements are as worthy of celebration as Albertopolis.
TEDxAlbertopolis is generously supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Listings Information:
Monday 23 September, timings 2pm­7pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tickets £15-£25, Royal Albert Hall Box Office 020 7589 8212

For more information about TEDxAlbertopolis, contact Kadhim Shubber on 07912874817/

For more information about the Royal Albert Hall, contact Sean Carrigan on 020 7959

Twitter: #TEDxAlb – @TEDxAlbrtopolis Facebook: /TEDxAlbertopolis

Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state­of­the­art small­scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.

For more information, please visit Registered charity number: 254543

About TEDx
In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self­organized events that bring people together to share a TED­like experience. This event is called TEDxAlbertopolis where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxAlbertopolis, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxAlbertopolis, are self­organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four­day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world­changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo­Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place on the West Coast, with simulcast nearby; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED­like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world­changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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