“It is so important to us to give all consideration to the safety and wellbeing of our audience, wonderful community and key workers at this unprecedented time”
The organisers of TEDxBanbury live have decided to postpone this year’s event in the face of the ongoing pandemic. It was scheduled to take place on 18th September 2021.
In announcing the postponement they said: “For all the right reasons, we have taken the decision to postpone our TEDxBanbury 2021 live event, an event where emphasis is on sharing ideas, and in person human connection. It is so important to us to give all consideration to the safety and wellbeing of our audience, wonderful community and key workers at this unprecedented time.
“Our organisation team and ‘Synergy’ Speakers, who all donate their time, will continue to work behind the scenes, to create an inspiring programme. We look forward to welcoming our audience to our next live event in 2022.”
TEDxBanbury’s first event was held at St Mary’s Church in Banbury in February last year and was a huge success. Live talks from the show have subsequently been viewed online some 9000 times.
The planned theme for TEDxBanbury 2021 had been ‘Synergy’ – an open-ended theme embracing technology, entertainment and design.
Speaking last year at the announcement of this year’s planned theme lead organiser Karen Baldry said, “Given the current climate regarding COVID 19, TEDx Organisers worldwide are busy devising pioneering ways to safely host their local TEDx events.
“TEDxBanbury is looking in the first instance to curate a live audience event, with social distancing measures in place if necessary. In addition, we are exploring recorded and live streaming options, which would continue to have a value for our TEDxBanbury followers, whilst also offering a degree of audience participation. It is an exciting challenge, different and one which will be evolving constantly.”
With no clear indication as to when restrictions due to the pandemic will be eased, organisers of other local events are carefully considering the viability of organising anything for 2021. Local music festival Bodfest pulled the plug on their summer event in January and the Town Mayor’s Charity Forum was this year held on line rather than in person.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam