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2016: Born to Learn

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 – Overall impressions of an inspiring day

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 29th, 2016

What do 600 people in the audience, 75+ volunteers, twelve keynote speakers, several performing artists and workshop hosts have in common? They were all present at the fourth edition of the TEDxAmsterdamED event, with the unique opportunity to create a full day environment to rethink education. The main topic of this year’s edition was #BorntoLearn and lifelong learning.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: Iris Penning

By Coraline Reeder - Apr 11th, 2016

Iris Penning is a young Dutch singer and songwriter. She was a finalist of the music contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland, performed in the music temple Paradiso Amsterdam and participated in the travelling music festival De Popronde. She has also recently shared the stage with renowned Dutch musician Spinvis.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: CUT_ & Co

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Apr 11th, 2016

Especially for TEDxAmsterdamED, the Amsterdam-based electronic music duo CUT_ will team up with two other artists - the classically trained percussionist Fabio Galeazzi and the cofounder of RedZebra Mark Dodsworth - to form CUT_ & Co and dazzle the audience with their collective musical improvisation talents.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: Ramana Magic

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Apr 7th, 2016

Ramana wants to remind you that we can all rise above ourselves and sometimes even help others to go beyond. Ramana was travelling in India, as an Anthropologist and Museologist, when he came across the Vazhakunnam School of Magic. He was intrigued by the things he saw there and immediately knew he had found his calling. He became an apprentice to the magician Madhu Suddhan and began to practice daily. Now, years later, he has become one of the Netherlands’ most famous magicians and makes numerous television appearances showcasing his magic and levitation talents.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: Noa Wildschut

By Coraline Reeder - Apr 6th, 2016

Noa Wildschut is only 15 years old, but has already gained her place in the Dutch classical music scene. Having started as a four year old with docent Coosje Wijzenbeek, Noa is now a student of Professor Vera Beths at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: Dansmakers Amsterdam & Bitter Sweet Dance

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Feb 18th, 2016

Choreographer Liat Waysbort, along with dancers Ivan Ugrin, Angela Linssen and Amy Gale, will present a short fragment of their production Please me Please - a performance that examines the impact of our desire to please and the consequences this may have.

Birte ten Hoopen

How to Bring Learning to Life

Beginning her talk with an engaging personal story, of emergency response training at the Rijksmuseum, Birte makes a case for bringing learning to life by using enriched environments. Making use of elements of theatre, this type of training educated her ‘physically, intellectually and emotionally.’ And the same can happen when enriched environments are used to teach school students. Allowing some chaos, freedom and creativity into the system can help them experience a topic much more deeply, and their minds to flourish.

Act: Iris Penning

Verder dan vandaag

Iris Penning is a young Dutch singer and songwriter. She was a finalist of the music contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland, performed in the music temple Paradiso Amsterdam and participated in the travelling music festival De Popronde. Often cheerful, sometimes obscure, and above all with a focus on the lyrics - she is perhaps even more of a poet than a musician. For the TEDxAmsterdamED audience, she performed a soulful acoustic rendition of 'Verder dan vandaag'.

Act: CUT_ & Co

Improvisation on Bam Bam

For the closing act of the TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 event, the audience are first treated to a live rendition of 'Honey and Pearls' from the Amsterdam electronic music duo, CUT_. Then, to inspire the audience to keep innovating, CUT_ are joined onstage by Mark Dodsworth and classical percussionist Fabio Galeazzi for a improvised, rhythmic piece that easily gets the audience dancing and clapping along!

Act: Ramana Magic

Soles on Earth

Ramana, especially for the TEDxAmsterdamED audience, combines a multitude of magic acts with his personal story of what motivated him to explore and learn magic in India. From a ‘travelling’ water trick, through to a levitating table, he moves from one trick to another, all the while explaining his magical learning journey - the start of which was sparked by his grandfather.

Act: Bitter Sweet Dance & Dansmakers Amsterdam

Please me Please

In an abbreviated version of their two-part performance, Please me Please, choreographer Liat Waysbort, along with dancers Ivan Ugrin, Angela Linssen and Amy Gale, scrutinise our desire to please. In today’s world, which is young, quick and dynamic, society unconsciously forces us to be who we are. This performance examines the impact of our desire to please and the consequences that this may have, letting us discover what it is that makes us unique as individuals.

Act: Noa Wildschut

Passion for music education

A violinist since the age of four, 15-year old Noa Wildschut is now a student at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She says: 'I believe I’m one of the happiest/luckiest kids in the world for being born in the NL.' She has been given every opportunity to develop herself and her talents, just for the fact she was born in this country. In December 2015, she got involved in teaching music to underprivileged school children in Brazil. She believes in the universal power of music and would like to see it integrated in more parts of education. Noa treated the audience to a beautiful performance, accompanied by piano.

Act: Mark Dodsworth

Tubular Symphony

What better way to start the TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 event than to make the audience part of the opening act! To the audience’s surprise, they were lead onto the Theatre Amsterdam stage instead of the aisles, handed a coloured plastic tube and asked to become part of a percussion orchestra for the opening act. It didn’t take long for everyone to join into the joyful rhythm created by their ‘conductor’, Mark Dodsworth. After a little warming up and a thorough ‘sound check,’ the audience created a spectacular performance.