Australia's favourite garden gnome, Costa Georgiadis, local Deathwalker Zenith Virago and Dr Gregory Smith, who lived rough in the forest for a decade, are among an inspiring line-up of speakers announced for TEDxByronBay on June 26.
Director and co-curator of the all day event, Kate Walsh, says the line-up also features a photographer who slept underwater for four days, an expert on the songs in our streams, an artist exploring why rainbows make us happy, and a challenging talk on decolonising our public spaces.
"The theme for this year is 'The Spaces Between', an idea that came from Indigenous astronomy which places as much emphasis on the blackness as well as the stars," says Kate.
"It made me think of the sky in a whole new way."
"These kinds of transformative ideas are what we are searching for at TEDxByronBay."
Along with Costa, Zenith and Dr Smith, speakers will include Arakwal woman Delta Kay, Brett Solomon, Kate Constantine, Hiromi Tango, Emilia Decker, Melia Naughton, Catherine Ingram, Elle Davidson, Paul van Reyk, and Franck Gazzola.
Actor, arts journalist, presenter and documentary maker Nell Schofield has co-curated the program.
"We're gathering some fantastic speakers covering everything from the politics of bush-tucker to the future of digital rights. Our speakers' voices range from hyper sensitive to highly outraged in a program designed to stimulate our audience's mind."
Speaker Kate Constantine is a Gadigal woman who lives in the Northern Rivers. She is an artist who recently exhibited at Ninbella in Bangalow and will be exploring her experience of being a fair skinned Aboriginal woman.
"It's a precarious place to be between both worlds and both cultures, you participate in both and you are a part of both, but you aren't part enough of either, that's my take on it," she said.
Dr. Gregory Smith is best known for his book Out of the Forest, where he shares his journey from of childhood trauma and homelessness to completing his Phd and becoming a lecturer in Sociology at Southern Cross University.
And Australia's favourite gardener, Costa Georgiadis will be travelling from Sydney to share his special brand of magic with the audience looking at the role of awe and wonder in his life.
- TEDxByron Bay, Byron Theatre, Saturday June 26. 10:30 - 4:30pm. Tickets are $150, which includes lunch and access to the afterparty at Stone & Wood from 5:30pm. www.tedxbyronbay.com.au