Ideal for Hackneyites: intellectual salons

THE TIMES has reported that young Hackneyites are among the most academically qualified in Britain. So an event devoted to “ideas worth spreading” fits well with the borough.

TEDxHackney will be held at the Arcola Theatre. Local volunteers have organised the salon, with help from the movement inspired in California almost 30 years ago by the convergence of technology, entertainment and design (hence TED).

Techie: Wharton (publicity photo)
Techie: Wharton (publicity photo)

The event will include speakers from the arts, architecture, literature,technology, philosophy and psychology, among them biographer and radio critic Kate Chisholm, who wrote a book about her anorexia, wide-ranging poet (Keats to MosDef) Inua Ellams and appster and  iPhonista Ian Wharton.

If the £20 ticket price deters you, a smaller and free TEDxHackney talk is being given by someone calling himself only “Daniel the Curator”  at the Hoxton Hotel. Lectures have become hugely popular.

A free Question Time-style Youth Sessions debate in Hackney, to be chaired by Superintendent Leroy Logan, is free. A panel of people who have overcome the odds to succeed in their chosen fields will discuss what organisers term “the lack of diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace and discrimination in the media”.

You might think that sounds like an agreed conclusion rather than a debate — why not go along to find out?

As for disabled access, Loving Dalston asked a representative of the organiser, Cre8, for an assessment of disabled access, and was told only that there was disabled access.  “Equal opportunities”?

David Altheer

* TEDxHackneypictured, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, Saturday 29 June 2013, 11am-5pm: tickets £20

* Daniel the Curator, Hoxton Hotel Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern St  EC2A 3HU, Tuesday 18 June 2013, at 7pm 

* Youth Sessions,  Cre8 Life Style Centre, Old Baths, Hackney Wick E9 5JH, Mon 24 June 2013, 6pm-8pm

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