Program

09:00 - 11:00 Session 1

  • Nepco -

    Nepco is an Amsterdam based arts collective, founded by Lennart Vader and Pinky Keyser. Nepco knows little boundaries between actors, costumes, decor and play. They will perform a visually stimulating opening act, in collaboration with Italian performer Pamela Ferraroni.

  • Kumi Naidoo -

    Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights activist and the International Executive Director of Greenpeace. He has a long history of social activism, battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation. Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. Recently, he has led the Global Call for Climate Action.

  • Huba de Graaf and Egidius Kwartet with Apera -

    Exciting happening with great performers on stage.

  • George Vaillant -

    As a psychiatrist and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry, Vaillant is responsible for the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken. Since 1938 this study has kept an eye on 200 men. At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, this study offers welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling than before.

  • Nora Fischer & Claron McFadden, Mike Fentross -

  • Michaela DePrince -

    Born Mabinty Bangura, she grew up as an orphan in Sierra Leone during the civil war. Her father was shot by rebels when she was three years old, and her mother starved to death soon after. Frequently malnourished, mistreated, and derided as a ‘devil’s child’ because of her skin condition, she fled to a refugee camp after her orphanage was bombed. In 1999, at the age of four, she was adopted. Inspired by a picture she found and kept while in Sierra Leone, DePrince trained as a ballet dancer.

11:30 - 13:00 Session 2

  • Jimmy Nelson -

    Photographer Jimmy Nelson set out to document the world’s last indigenous cultures, which are rapidly disappearing. Since his TEDxAmsterdam Talk in 2013 a lot has happened. He gives us an update.

  • Kim Spierenburg -

    Kim Spierenburg started playing the violin at the age of six. She found that playing the violin has helped her to cope with her autoimmune disease. The vibrations, transferring through her body via the violin, help to ease her constant pain. She is currently studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

  • Nora Fischer with Headlines -

    Nora Fischer will perform a duet with Claron McFaddon and sing a piece from the the reality opera THE NEWS by avant-pop composer JacobTV. This show uses speech grooves, video, international media footage and live music, with the theme of creating a critical spotlight on our media driven society.

  • Rainer Goebel -

    Rainer Goebel is a professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of psychology at Maastricht University as well as the founding director of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center and involved with the Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. He combines functional brain imaging with neural network modelling to advance our understanding of brain function at multiple levels of organization. In short: his research shows how we think.

  • Remy van Kesteren -

    Remy van Kesteren has been playing harp since the age of 5 and entered the conservatory only five years later. He just won the largest International Harp Competition in the world in the USA, reached 500,000 visitors during the Night of the Proms. Remy van Kesteren has developed a new and modern harp instrument that he will show for the first time at TEDxAmsterdam.

  • Simon Anholt - The Good Country Index

    Simon Anholt is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners on ultra-widescale human engagement. He is the founder of the Good Country Index, the world’s first study of how much each country on earth contributes to the rest of humanity and to the planet.

  • 3 Award Finalists -

    Bucket Line – Sergio van Santvoort Vorst
    Matching people who are in need of help (due to e.g. severe illness) with people in their neighborhood who are willing to help.
    Plastic Madonna – Peter Smith
    When litter meets art, faith in humanity gets restored.
    Candy becomes plastic – Gerben Stouten
    How to solve the plastic waste issue in the world? Using bacteria that eat waste and produce bio plastic.

  • Kris Berry (ft Remy van Kesteren, Morris Kliphuis)

  • Job Koelewijn & Lucas de Man -

    The moment you physically touch an icon is the moment you escape time, says artist Job Koelewijn about his project One Taste.
    The audience of TEDxAmsterdam will experience that literally…. This performance presented by Lucas de Man is part of “De Grote Kunstshow” [The Big Artshow] an intiative of Johan Idema and Nina Folkersma.

14:15 - 15:45 Session 3

  • Simon Anholt - Part 2

  • Nora Fischer, Ties Mellema, and Friends -

  • Henk Schiffmacher -

    Henk Schiffmacher is a tattoo artist, painter, writer, collector, and world traveler. He has extensive knowledge of the role of tattoos through the ages, in different cultures, and in their role in the process of mourning.

  • Else-Linde Buitenhuis and Eline Bergmann -

  • Ari Seth Cohen & Debra Rapoport -

    Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a street style blog documenting, in his words, the ‘fashion and wisdom of the senior set.’  Cohen is passionate about his subjects and society’s treatment of older people. “I think that people neglect, forget, or ignore older people and don’t realize their worth.” He will be accompanied by the very stylish Debra Rapoport. She is a fashion blogger, a textile designer and was named “Most Stylish New Yorker,” by Time Out Magazine.

  • Dennis Rudge

  • Duncan Stutterheim -

    Duncan Stutterheim is a well-known entrepreneur in music, festivals, and dance. He has fostered many start ups where youth culture and innovation collide. His latest project is called ‘Open House’ and enables start ups in the entertainment industry to get noticed.

  • Chris Nietvelt

16:15 - 18:00 Session 4

  • Eran & George -

    Two performers, one Syrian-Dutch and the other Israeli Dutch performer, come together to “solve” the problems of the Middle East. Eran Ben Michaël and George Elias Tobal take on the horrific war in Syria and the seemingly unsolvable conflict in Israel with humor and optimism.

  • Ton van Oostwaard -

    Ton van Oostwaard is an engineer on a mission. He is trying to clear up the air surrounding the city of Amsterdam, by building a green belt of pollution absorbing plants. Amsterdam is surrounded by an ancient and empty area used for it’s defense, the perfect place to plant those CO2 eating shrubs.

  • Peninah Nthenya Musyimi -

    Peninah Nthenya Musyimi grew up surrounded by prostitution, violence against women and low expectations in the Muthare slums of Nairobi, Kenya. She willed her way in to school and decided to help the vulnerable in a world ‘which is cruel to girls’. She helps girls in the slums of Kenya to feel safe, play spots and get educated.

  • David Allen & Neelie Kroes -

  • Posthume TED Talk Joep Lange door Kees Hulst

  • Nicole Beutler -

    Nicole Beutler lives and works in Amsterdam as a choreographer and theater maker. Her work is situated on the threshold of dance, performance, and visual arts and often refers to history. Her performance “ECHO: There is no such thing at lost time” enters into a dialogue with the past, present, and future of dance.