College students in sign of support for TEDxFolkestone

Students from East Kent College will be making a big impact at a major event in Folkestone next month.

TEDxFolkestone takes place The Quarterhouse on Saturday, June 23, and those attending won’t be able to miss it thanks to the hard work of 25 students studying carpentry and joinery and painting and decorating at the local college.

Over two weeks, led by Julian Coleman, Head of Built Environment and Construction at East Kent College’s Folkestone campus, they produced a giant sized wood and MDF TEDx sign, coming in on non-lesson days to ensure the project was completed in time.

“We’re so grateful to the group for making such a big impact with our sign,” said Liù Batchelor, pictured left with the students, Curator for TEDxFolkestone. “We’re thrilled with it – it’s sure to make a massive impact on our stage.”

Entitled Courage to Step Beyond, TEDxFolkestone will feature talks including how individuals deal with situations requiring personal and collective courage, and broader issues such as globalisation, education, and the next big idea

Tickets are available from the Folkestone Quarterhouse booking office or via

Further information on the event can be found at



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Notes to Editors

About TEDX, x = independently organised eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDX is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDX event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDX, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDX programme, but individual TEDX events are self-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.