Royal Albert Hall partners with TEDMED Live London to celebrate the power of unexpected connections between medicine and the arts
24 September, 2013
As part of its mission to increase and promote access to the arts and sciences and provide inspiring experiences that live long in the memory, the Royal Albert Hall has partnered with TEDMED Live London for an historic event on Monday 21 April 2014.
Following the sold-out success of TEDxAlbertopolis held at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday which trended at number 1 on Twitter in the UK and which was streamed around the world with viewers as far afield as Canada, Chile and China, TEDMED Live London will curate a spectacular and provocative programme of talks on the world’s most famous stage. TEDMED Live London will host a broadcast of TEDMED straight from the Kennedy Center stage in Washington, combined with world-renowned speakers on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall itself.
Following TED’s lead to explore technology, entertainment and design, TEDMED Live London will feature inspiring short talks and stunning artistic performances that celebrate the power of unexpected connections to create exciting possibilities. It will showcase a neuroscientist combining her talk with theatrical performance; a surgeon who was inspired by paintings from the 16th century; and performances from a group who entertained millions at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
It is deeply fitting that such an event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall. Well known as a venue for some of the world’s most popular artists, the Hall is also a charity dedicated to increasing access to the arts and sciences, supporting the cultural life of the country and inspiring 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 ‘The success of our TEDxAlbertopolis event this year has demonstrated a real interest in and passion for exploring science amongst our public. The Hall’s charitable purpose has always been to promote the arts and the sciences and engage future generations and it has an incredible history of performance combined with key scientific events. TEDMED Live London looks set offer yet more creativity to London and we hope it will inspire current and future scientists to explore and develop further advances in medicine.’
Ali Rezaei Haddad, the organiser of TEDMED Live London, said ‘The world needs a platform where people with very different ideas, experiences and backgrounds can come together to talk, to share, to learn, and to imagine transforming the future of health and medicine.
At TEDMED Live London, we strive to create this special and unique platform. Last April, we witnessed the great success of our inaugural TEDMED Live event as it sparked debate, awe and intrigue as the boundaries of health and medicine were explored by inspirational speakers. The event gathered attendees all the way from California to Tokyo. Our scope for 2014 is even greater, as our event will span across multiple historic and prestigious venues as we play host to some of the world’s greatest medical minds.
TEDMED Live London will be a place where we will come together and realise the infinite new possibilities of our amazing world and celebrate the future of health and medicine. Next April, our annual gathering will take place on the world’s most famous stage, Royal Albert Hall, along with side events at London's cultural heartland, South Kensington, and unite thought leaders from all sectors. We hope you’ll join us to experience how collaboration, innovation, imagination and inspiration can make our world a healthier place’.
TEDMED is an independent event operating under license from the nonprofit TED conference, 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.
TEDMED Live London -
Monday 21 April 2014, timings 2pm – 7pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tickets £7.10 - £32.60 (these prices include a transaction fee of 2% and a £2 per ticket fee when booked over the phone or online). On sale now.
Royal Albert Hall Box Office 020 7589 8212 www.royalalberthall.com
For more information about TEDMED London Live contact Ali Rezaei Haddad: email@example.com
For more information about the Royal Albert Hall, contact Jessica Silvester on 020 7959 0510/ firstname.lastname@example.org or Sean Carrigan on 020 7959 email@example.com
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 www.royalalberthall.com/ Registered charity number: 254543
TEDMED is an independent event operating under license from the nonprofit TED conference. TEDMED focuses on the intersection of medicine and healthcare, while the TED Conference has a broader focus. TEDMED London is a multi-disciplinary community of innovators, leaders, artists, students and members of the public who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine. So many of our great challenges in health and medicine are rooted in social and commercial causes as much as medical. We need everybody at the table for an inclusive conversation about how to get the future in health and medicine we all want.
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