TEDxCharleston CASCADES Event Set for April 1, 2020;Tickets Go on Sale Feb. 4

Streamlined format for 2020 presents same inspirational content in more user-friendly program

CHARLESTON, SC – December 16, 2019: TEDxCharleston is excited to host its 7th annual event, CASCADES, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, speakers will be announced and tickets will go on sale at www.tedxcharleston.org at $55 per ticket. In previous years, tickets have sold out in less than four hours, so mark your calendar.

The event will be held at Charleston Music Hall from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., and include a lively after-party reception, including food and libations from local restaurants, from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at the Charleston Museum.

For 2020, the event time will shift and lunch will not be included. The content and length of the program will remain the same; 17 to 19 presenters with topics and entertainment geared to inspire, influence and engage event attendees and the Charleston community. The theme, CASCADES, will be a showcase of ideas that trigger force and movement within the Charleston community and beyond.

TEDxCharleston has traditionally run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which included an extended lunch intermission. The new event time from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. with no lunch results in a lower ticket price at $55 per ticket and provides more opportunities for individuals to attend, according to event organizers.

“By not having lunch, there is less of a time commitment and a lower ticket price, which we feel will give individuals who have not been to TEDxCharleston the opportunity to attend,” said Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston. “This is our first time hosting the event within a five-hour timeframe, so we’re excited to get the community’s feedback.”

These changes are also a part of TEDxCharleston’s mission of bettering the event’s carbon footprint. With no lunch on Marion Square, this drastically limits plastic water bottle usage for the 1,000+ attendees, which has been a major concern among organizers. There will also be no printed programs; programs will be online only. For the after party, TEDxCharleston will utilize only compostable materials, elevating the food and beverage compost program that was introduced in 2019.

TEDxCharleston Scholarship Program:

Applications for the TEDxCharleston Scholarship Program are now open. Every year, TEDxCharleston provides individuals in the community with free admission to the event through its financial aid scholarship program. If you would like to attend TEDxCharleston, but cannot due to financial-challenges, fill out the online scholarship application form. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2020.

TEDxCharleston Volunteer Opportunities:

TEDxCharleston is seeking energetic volunteers skilled in event management to assist in registration/check-in, ushering and crowd control, food and beverage, and set-up/break-down. Volunteers must be available for the following dates:

  • Volunteer Orientation – Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Rehearsal – Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Event – Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:30 am- 7:00 pm

To register to volunteer, complete the online form here.


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About TEDxCharleston
TEDxCharleston is an all-day immersion experience at the intersection of science, art, performance and business. It is designed to enrich the Charleston, South Carolina community through presentations and entertainment that inspires, engages and transforms. For more information and to view all past TEDxCharleston talks and performances, visit tedxcharleston.org. Follow TEDxCharleston on Twitter at twitter.com/tedxcharleston, on Facebook at facebook.com/tedxcharleston, and Instagram at Instagram.com/tedxcharleston.

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, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiativeTED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

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