Applications Are Now CLOSED

TEDxFolkestone 2021

We are about to embark on our 4th event after 3 successful years that have seen us deliver 33 thought-provoking talks and 5 engaging performances that have received over 2 million views and counting from all over the world!

For our next event on 27th February 2021, the theme is ‘A New Horizon’.

Key Dates


Applications CLOSED at midnight on 15th September 2020.

If you applied before the deadline, you can expect to receive news of whether or not you have been successful by the 30th September. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a telephone interview with a member of the team before 14th October.

Final feedback will be given along with confirmation on whether or not your application has been successful by the 31st October, when we will also announce the final 9 speakers and 3 performers.

Successful applicants will be asked to commit to delivering on certain deadlines and attend workshops – dates TBC.

Please note, due to COVID-19 there is a need for all involved to remain flexible in the event of further lockdown measures that could be enforced by the UK Government at any time in the future. Should this occur, there may be a need to revise the date of the main event itself as well as some of the workshop dates. If this is the case, we will notify all those involved as soon as possible and advise of revised dates in our contingency plan. Until then we will proceed as outlined here and appreciate your understanding.

At TEDxFolkestone, we pride ourselves on building a community of speakers and performers, who not only deliver thought provoking messages and engaging performances, but who build friendships and networks within the TEDx community too. This is why we have developed a Social Agreement that outlines to all applicants what we expect of our speakers and performers, and what you can expect in return, in support to ensure you deliver the best possible talk or performance.

We aim to set expectations from the start, so we have an agreement between our dedicated volunteers who run Ted xF and our speaker and performers. This way we can ensure TedxFolkestone 2021 will be the best one yet and positively impact not only the speakers to deliver their best talks of their lives but also the wider community.

For more information about the rules and guidelines from TED/TEDx, please see the documents and links below:

Before You Apply

TEDx events are locally run events that adhere to TED rules, which must be considered before applying.

Do you have any questions about your application or the process?


The deadline for applications is 15th September 2020.

Speaker Application

Performer Application