Colleen Grewar – Artist

Uitenhage resident Colleen Grewar will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016.

Colleen explains her early life:

Colleen Grewar
Colleen Grewar

I was born to the two most unlikely parents in a coastal town called Knysna in 1967. The world seemed to be a wonderful place. What would you expect, living in the forest on a farm in Knysna. Life was simple. By day I played down in the valley with lawns so green, water so pure and mystery beyond the forest stretching into forever. By night I bathed outside in a huge metal basin. My grandfather playing the Paganini, fire burning warm, providing the only source of light, whilst night cloaked me with her dark face. I fell in love with the moon and thought her to be my mother. My grandfather, an old man with one glass eye and hardly a smile. My grandmother, with deep blue eyes, long black raven hair and a glance of kindness. My Parents worked in the City. A place I thought most unkind. I roamed on the farm from brook to forest, lost in the day and close to its heart. Little did I know of the world outside, for life was as I wanted with all I held dear to my heart.

My grandfather milked his cows, planted the seeds and harvested the rain. He made me a wooden puppet carved out of a black wood stump, it was my first treasure. Now the Moon had a special place in my heart. For night would fall, cloaked in darkness. The sound of its silence soothing, but not for long. The owls, crickets and toads would break out in song, the wind would sing along. At night I would sit in my grandmothers arms, washed and cleaned up, listening to her humming along. My grandfather with his Paganini playing that song. His violin turned the night into a magical world. There she would shine, bright as can be, smiling at me. My Mother god whom I was told was the Moon. That world is lost almost forgotten. My childhood a precious memory of a long forgotten past. I am Colleen a child of the forest to the mother Moon.

Listen to Thulani Ndzotyana Live on BayFM

Today, 9 June 2016 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm Thulani Ndzotyana, a student activist, will be interviewed on BayFM radio station, ahead of her appearance at TEDxPort Elizabeth on 1 July at the AFDA Film School.

Thulani Ndzotyana
Thulani Ndzotyana, Student Activist

She is currently at Alexander Road High School. Her involvement in school societies allows her to give back to communities – something she is passionate about.

TEDxPort Elizabeth welcomes the support of BayFM for the upcoming TEDx event which will take place on the 1st of July 2016.

At the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July Thulani will speak about the year 2044.

TEDx represents the best of local speakers. The TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July offers 12 Speakers, 2 Performances, Networking with powerful figures in our community and 4 Curated TED Talks.

TEDxPortElizabeth is an official TED license holder. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design which allows for creative ideas to be heard on this platform.

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Watch Thulani Ndzotyana speak about Black Consciousness:

Chris Anderson to host an exclusive webinar next Monday!

Dear TEDx’ers

TED Talks Official Guide to Public Speaking by Chris AndersonJoin us for an exclusive webinar hosted by Chris Anderson next Monday, June 13th from 17:00 to 18:00 (South African Time). This is a great opportunity for TEDx organizers who have read Chris’s new book TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Chris will be sharing insights about the book and answering questions.

To join, please head to the TEDxHub on Monday, June 13th at 17:00 (GMT+2).

We look forward to seeing you there!

The TEDx Team

TEDxPortElizabeth 2016 Conference Speaker Intro

The next TEDxPortElizabeth event is on 1 July 2016 – Through the Looking Glass – and will be held at the AFDA Film School Campus, 28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth.

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Confirmed speakers at our 1 July 2016 conference:

  1. Bjorn Bester (Uitenhage), Musician
  2. Bobby Shabangu (Johannesburg), Wikipedia Editor
  3. Caleb Zealand (Uitenhage), Child Palaeontologist
  4. Colleen Grewar (Uitenhage), Doll Collector
  5. Deshun Deysel (Johannesburg), Mountaineer
  6. Elizabeth Muller (Uitenhage), former Librarian
  7. Farah Fortune (Johannesburg), Celebrity Publicist
  8. Joe Slingers (Uitenhage), former High School principal
  9. Johnson Mthembu (Durban), Gender Activist
  10. Mdali group, Youth Artists
  11. Nomhle Nkonyeni (Port Elizabeth), Actress
  12. Siyabonga Ngcai (Port Elizabeth), Poetry
  13. Thulani Ndzotyana (Port Elizabeth), Student Activist
  14. Trevor Watkins (Jeffrey’s Bay), Author
  15. Wehan van Jaarsveld (George), Dance Teacher

Session Hosts

Only 100 tickets are available:

  • From 1 to 5 June – 20 early bird tickets @ R555.00 each
  • From 6 June to 30 June – 80 tickets at R888.00 each
  • A mandatory admin fee of R5.00 will be added with a maximum of R10.00 if more than one ticket is purchased.

Please Note: TEDx events may not make a profit and volunteers may not make any money or present at any events. Ticket costs cover the logistics, catering, venue hire, staging, transport and accommodation for out of town guests as well as video production and incidentals.

If the TEDx event is a full day one then your ticket covers morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch. At some events, depending on sponsors, a goodie bag and other giveaways may also be available.

Bruchin Noeka

12654340_10208516170282988_7901413276328011948_nI am a digital graphics creator , photographer / videographer.
I love art nature car and future technologies .
I live in a small town called Uitenhage where I go about my life listening to as much sound as possible because inspiration is just a sound away. my friends and I are the Arty kind you might say from computer design, coding to clothing and wall murals we are a very colorful group of people.

Photography and digital design are my main interest but sometimes get lost in watching Documentaries on YouTube and the occasional cat video

Find Bruchin Noeka here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Bruchin Noeka’s favourite because:

I can relate to the for many years I go to the barbershop up the road from me and the closeness that the barber has with his client is amazing. This relationship passes on to the younger generations and through looking good and feeling good you can see and hear that the problems you are facing at home or in life are not just your own but others as well. So you can learn from them and strengthen the path that you are on.

Ramon Thomas

RJ-ProfileAfter completing my MBA in China, I returned to South Africa in January 2016. I attended the TEDGlobal conference in 2007 in Tanzania, hosted TEDx events in China and South Africa.

Find Ramon Thomas here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Ramon Thomas’s favourite because:

Because I used to work in IT until 2004 and moved into Education since 2007. Prof Sugata Mitra shows a clear way in which children can teach themselves with access the Internet. This TED Talks shows a practical solution to the biggest problem in society, forced complsory schooling as described by John Taylor Gatto.

Mthobeli Moni

IMG_20160321_175444Mthobeli Moni is Port Elizabeth born and buttered with art and music. I organize art events, DJ, mentor and manage upcoming artists in Rap/Hip Hop genre. Love travelling and collecting Art/Photos /Music and paintings.

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The following TED talk is Mthobeli Moni’s favourite because:

We are hit by food shortage, poverty and so many negative stats everyday in such a way that they make us forget that the piece of land you got can dismiss all the above . Ron Finley is making gardening cool and education platform for the younger ones too. He is gangster like that.

Alan Straton

AWS_ChurchI am the Chief Cook, Bottle Washer and Broom Mechanic at (amongst many others). Passionate about Port Elizabeth and definitely NOT packing for Perth. Alan’s ethos is epitomised in the words of Nelson Mandela; “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” See examples of my hectic editing/writing life here:

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The following talk is Alan Straton’s favourite because:

For me Linus Torvalds epitomises community service – he contributed a piece of epic software to the world that went on to power most of the internet and morphed into Android and countless other systems that help power our world. He could have monetised Linux and been a Gates or a Jobs but decided against that rather creating a platform for other coders to learn from and contribute.

Through The Looking Glass, Friday 1 July 2016

We are organizing and now is the time to go ‘THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS’

Alice Through The Looking Glass

In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license from TED.

“By paying attention to to things that shine forth, because this thing is the reality instead of the map, you are gaining access to the real information that’s in the world. It’s not pre-packaged information because that can be false.” ~ Prof Jordan B. Peterson @ TEDxUofT in 2013.

Inspired by the sequel to Alice in Wonderland our event theme asks the you to imagine if everything was backwards.

Friday July 1, 2016
8:00am – 6:00pm SAST
Port Elizabeth
AFDA Film School – 28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth