Sec­ond TEDx talks cover sense of place

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By JOHN EDENS

Iden­tity, cul­ture and a sense of place were un­der the mi­cro­scope at the sec­ond TEDx Queen­stown on Satur­day.

The sold-out speaker ses­sions, or­gan­ised in­de­pen­dently un­der the TED ban­ner, fea­tured singer Hollie Ar­row­smith, so­cial the­o­rist Fred­erique Gulcher-In­gram, broad­caster Andrew Pat­ter­son and Aus­tralian nu­tri­tion­ist Dr Libby Weaver.

Ar­row­smith, 20, was well re­ceived with an open, hon­est ad­dress about the in­spi­ra­tion for her mu­sic and the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try book-ended by two songs.

‘‘I ask my­self why do I do this? Why do I get up in front of these people and tell them ev­ery­thing when no-one seems to be lis­ten­ing? We want hon­est mu­sic and we want to be­lieve the per­son who is singing.

‘‘I am not a per­son nat­u­rally drawn to the cen­tre stage po­si­tion. A lot of people tell me it’s too hard, it’s too dif­fi­cult. It’s a re­ally tough in­dus­try. A lot of people try and they strug­gle. It’s not about how much money I can make, I think it comes down to what we do with what we have been given.’’

Fred­erique Gulcher-In­gram, a South African born to Dutch par­ents, has stud­ied an­thro­pol­ogy and has a keen in­ter­est in the ethnog­ra­phy of Queen­stown. She said her in­ter­est was piqued by the num­ber of Brazil­ians who left their home coun­try, many with de­grees, to work low-wage jobs in New Zealand and it was this that in­spired a doc­u­men­tary.

‘‘One day there might a dis­tinc­tive Queen­stown fit. This is a re­mark­able place.’’

TEDx Queen­stown li­cence hold­ers Trent Yeo and Ce­sar Piotto have not ruled out a third event next year.

Mr Yeo, who is off to an of­fi­cial TED event in Whistler, Bri­tish Colom­bia next month, said the sec­ond event had de­vel­oped sig­nif­i­cantly since the in­au­gu­ral TEDx Queen­stown.

‘‘We all have a long view, we would love to look at go­ing again but it’s an­other process to re-ap­ply, each event stands alone. What’s been re­ally clear is speak­ers are re­ally keen to come to Queen­stown.

‘‘That’s why it’s a ‘sense of place’. We thought what’s re­ally dif­fer­ent about this event as op­posed to other events. We al­ways have an in­ti­macy here.’’

Mr Piotto said the sec­ond event was a lit­mus test and while the ar­chi­tec­ture was there to hold a larger TEDx the or­gan­is­ers wanted to main­tain qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Dr Libby Weaver

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