Applications Are Now OPEN

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 almost 1,400,000 views from all over the world and counting!

For our next event on 27th February 2021, the theme is ‘A New Horizon’. We are more than happy for all applications to have their own take on this theme, but here are some things to think about to help with your application:

  • What is just over the horizon – and how will we react? 
  • What are we yet to fully see or understand, but we could know is coming – and how do we embrace it? 
  • What new areas do we have the opportunity to explore – and how do we make the most of them? 
  • What current or old methods need to be rethought – and what should replace them?  

However, irrespective of how you interpret this theme, selection is based on the strength of the idea. Is your idea new or surprising? Does it challenge a belief many people already have or do you have a completely new take on an idea that people need to hear? If you do, then we’d love to hear from you.

Key dates


Applications OPEN on 15th June and CLOSE at midnight on 15th September 2020.

During the 3 months that we are open for applications, expect pitch nights for speakers & open mic nights for performers – a chance to pitch your idea to the team. Also keep an eye out on our social media channels for interviews with members of the team and previous years speakers on what to expect if you decide to apply.

If you apply 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.

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