Second TEDx talks cover sense of place
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