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Following the tracks of inspirational ideas

TEDxNicosia is gearing up to give us a whole day of inspirational talks again and this time the theme is Traces. For some that may mean the traces we leave behind in the hearts and minds of those around us, and for others it may mean the traces we follow, but for the speakers who will take to the stage on May 7 in Nicosia, their traces are sure to be the voices they will use to tell their tale.

The organisers have been releasing information on the speakers lately on their facebook page, teasing us every few days with the inspirational people who will make us think, feel and probably laugh.

The list so far, according to the event’s facebook page and website, tells us that we can expect speeches from the shoe designer Kobi Levi, activists Pembe Mentesh, creative director and dancer Noutsa Snouts, Jazz singer Sarah Fenwick, interpreter Konstantina Papageorgiou, freelance journalist Melissa Hekkers, dentist Memnia Theodorou, film maker Paul Iacovou, Chief Editor Peggy Spineli, and artist Yorgos Papadopoulos.

As you can see, the areas of expertise that will be on stage are vast and the characters behind these professions come from far and wide.

Ladies first: Mentesh was born in Sydney to Turkish Cypriot parents. She is a communications expert with over 20 years of experience in media, public affairs, campaigning, and project management. She moved to Cyprus in 2006, and it seems that this maybe where she could be staying.

She has worked on a variety of peacebuilding initiatives with a focus on media, gender, youth and communications, and she is also a campaigner and supporter of women’s right.

Theodorou, from Larnaca, has built her dental career in the UK, with a special interest in Aesthetic Dentistry and Facial Aesthetics. She took a break from teeth and decided to sign up for the international sailing event Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. She loved it and is now the first Cypriot woman to have sailed from the UK to Australia on a racing sailing boat.

Snouts is an artist, creative director and designer with a Georgian/Russian background. Although she studied Architecture and Interior Design, she has dedicated a lot of her time to dancing over a ten-year period. She specialises in street dance and the history behind each style, competing in competitions locally and abroad.

Now for the men: Levi and his passion for shoes goes back to his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ever since he graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, he has been designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own.

Papadopoulos has chosen to use glass as his artistic medium. The artist breaks, colours and textures sheets of industrial glass and then re-laminates them. The finished piece leaves the viewer with a scene of wonder.

To learn all about the rest of the speakers and to also buy your tickets, visit http://www.tedxnicosia.com/speakers/.

So as ideas are power and as this power is certainly worth spreading and sharing, book your ticket and come along to the Satiriko theatre on May 7 where you can be inspired to maybe do what you are too afraid to do or find a new direction. Whatever you get out of the event, one thing is for sure, you will have a whole new perspective on traces.

TEDxNicosia 2016 – Traces
Inspirational talks. May 7. Satiriko Theatre, Nicosia. All Day Event. €32/27. Tel: 99-677088



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