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From taking that first creative step to deepfakes, our seven TEDxCardiffUniversity speakers will be exploring creativity in its myriad forms:

  • Alexia Barrett (BA 2020), studied journalism, communications and politics at Cardiff, and is currently a member of the Creative Cardiff advisory board. She's set on having a career in screenwriting, directing, and presenting and is moving towards her dream step by step. She’ll be sharing how to take that first creative step.
  • Professor Damian Walford Davies, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He served as the first Chair of Literature Wales – one of Wales’s seven national arts companies – from 2012 to 2018. His main fields of research are Romanticism; the wider material cultures of the Romantic period; Romantic historicism and the methodologies of Romantic Studies; Romanticism and geography/ cartography; Welsh writing in English; twentieth-century poetry; and Creative Writing. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
  • Georgina Harvey, a third-year student in the School of Computer Science and Informatics, who is passionate about encouraging more women into STEM. She’ll be exploring deepfakes, and asking whether we should be amused by them or if they are something more sinister.
  • Joycelyn Longdon (BSc 2019), will be exploring diversity in the creative industry and how we can all support creatives of colour. She is the founder of BLACKONBLACK and Climate in Colour. She's undertaking a MRes + PhD in Climate Research, applying AI to Climate Change.
  • Naikena Mutulili, an undergraduate in the School of Biosciences, will be exploring ‘The minds of creativity’. She believes strongly in the power of creativity to effect positive change in the world and that all individuals are innately creative. She is the co-founder of FreedomWithinKE, a charity supporting women inmates and their children living within Kenyan prisons. She champions diversity and inclusion as a member of the Cardiff University Student Race Equality Steering group and is the co-founder of the Race Link Collective, a social platform aimed at empowering student voices on matters surrounding diversity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Yassmine Najime, believes in creativity in all she does, breaking the codes and pushing projects forward. In her talk ‘From Law to (behind) the big screen: questioning creativity’, she'll share her journey from her legal studies to becoming head of a digital art department.
  • Matthew Roberts, is an Occupational Therapy postgraduate in the School of Healthcare Sciences. He was drawn to working with children in a health and social care environment after completing his degree in history. He'll explore creativity in healthcare and the challenges and opportunities in contemporary practice.

The ticket cost is a pay-what-you-can donation which will go to support the Sherman Theatre, a hub for the creative arts in Cardiff. The Sherman - which is a favourite place for many in the Cardiff University community - had been due to host TEDxCardiffUniversity 2020. However, due to the pandemic, the theatre has been forced to close until Spring 2021. As a result, its vital income has disappeared, which could have a devastating impact on its ability to create exceptional theatre for communities in Cardiff and beyond.

This year the TEDxCardiffUniversity team have partnered with Creative Cardiff who are sponsoring the event. They will be hosting a virtual after-party from 16:00 to give attendees the chance to keep the creative conversations going.

Join Creative Cardiff after the final TEDx Cardiff University talk, to connect up with the speakers and other attendees to discuss and deliberate over the talks you’ve heard that day. Make new connections, spark new ideas and carry on the conversation in this informal setting.

Register for CONNECT UP with Creative Cardiff

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TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events, like TEDxCardiffUniversity, help share ideas around the world.

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