Official Press Release - 23/08/2018

TEDxBath announces details of its inaugural conference ‘Light Up the Future’ to be held at Bath Abbey on Saturday 29th September 2018


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TEDxBath ready to ‘Light up the Future’ of Bath

TEDxBath has announced details of Bath’s first TEDx conference which will take place at Bath Abbey on 29th September 2018.  With a theme of ‘Light up the Future’ the event will include 12 inspiring talks from leading speakers on a broad range of topics concerning the future of Bath.  The conference proceedings will take place at Bath Abbey, and will also be live-streamed to the Guildhall, Bath.

TEDxBath is a brand new initiative set-up as part of the global TED organisation, and aims to share ideas and issues that relate to the Bath community.  Its activities are being coordinated by a diverse team of local volunteers who are united by a desire to share ideas and encourage positive change.

Lead Organiser Rhodora Baguilat said “TEDxBath is for everyone and anyone who is interested and enthusiastic about ideas for the future of Bath and its community, both now and in future. We hope people from all backgrounds and walks of life in Bath will come together and join us at our first event to share and explore new ideas.”

Curation Lead Geoff Rich said “We have assembled a brilliant line-up of speakers for our inaugural event, and will be exploring a broad range of important topics including social welfare, mobility, mental health, and the future role and character of our city.  It promises to be a really momentous day for Bath and we hope it will kick-start a brand new and inclusive debate about the future of our community and city”.

TEDxBath 2018 is now open for ticket registrations.  

To find out more, and to register your interest to attend, please visit


Event Name

TEDxBath 2018 - “Light Up the Future”


Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT

Date and time

29th September 2018, 13:00  - 17.30


Registration for tickets now open at

TEDxBath 2018 Speakers

Our 12 speakers are:

  • Prof Andrew Brewerton

  • Andrew Grant

  • Penny Hay

  • William Heath

  • Joy Nazzari

  • Claire Henwood

  • Piers Taylor

  • Dominique Thompson

  • Philip Raby

  • Adam Reynolds

  • Jake Curtis

  • Dr Rob Wortham

For details of our speakers and their topics:

Event Theme

“Light Up the Future”

The very first people who discovered fire, enjoying its warmth and harnessing its ability to dispel darkness through burning wax and oil, would never have imagined its significance and where it would lead the human race over the subsequent centuries. What can we discover today that will brighten our future in a similar way? How can we foresee where the developments of the twenty-first century will take us? How can we change both our communities and our own lives and how can we adapt and better both ourselves and our technologies? And how can we inspire others to do the same? TEDxBath will be exploring this theme with diverse staff, inspiring speakers and engagement from an exciting range of groups and societies across Bath.

Website and social media accounts

  1. TEDxBath Website:

  2. Twitter:

  3. Facebook:

  4. Instagram:

  5. LinkedIn:

  6. Official TEDx website:

Social hashtags

  1. #tedxbath2018

  2. #tedx

  3. #lightupthefuture

Live webcast URL

Follow us on Twitter for updates about the potential for a live feed!

Our contact information

Media contact: Nick Forsberg,

Other key contacts:

Event Organiser: Rhodora Baguilet

Curation Lead: Geoff Rich

TEDxBath team:


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


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