On Thursday 16 June starting at 19:30 TEDxDelft will host its final event of the 2015-2016 season at the Rietveld Theater with a bang: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In true Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings fashion, the staff and audience of TEDxDelft will participate along with the movie to sound off the season. Prepare for a TEDxDelft team like never seen before.

So wear your most outrageous outfits, bring newspapers, toast, bells, and party hats, and join us as we act, sing, and scream our way through an unforgettable evening.

Doors open at 19:00 and admittance is free. Share the event with family and friends, classmates and colleagues and see you on Thursday 16 June.

Special thanks to:

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On Thursday 26 May TEDxDelft held its final storytelling event of the season, and to mark the end of the season the theme for this event was ‘new beginnings’. The evening was hosted by Marijn Vissers and Ogutu Muraya.

New beginnings can take shape or form in various ways. For Vissers, it can be first impressions. He recounted the story of how he got the distinctive curl of hair on his head. How, on a dare, his friends shaved all his hair for 100 Dutch guilders, then stopped with only a bit of hair left. For Vissers, it is a great way to see how different cultures react. “It is my cultural gauge,” he explained. In Vietnam, people remained silent even when asked. “In South Africa, a man dropped his groceries from laughter.”

For Muraya, originally from Kenya, a new beginning dawned when he moved to Amsterdam. “It seemed like there were more bicycles than there were human beings,” he said. He decided he wanted to learn how to ride a bike, so he went to a park in Amsterdam with a friend to learn. One day his friend let go of the bike, and Muraya was cycling by himself. But then a corner, a sharp corner. “Brake!” his friend shouted. But he crashed into a group of cycling policemen and women. As they were all picking themselves up again, the policewoman said: “Remember, where you look is where you go.”

Did you enjoy the final storytelling event of the season? Then get ready for the final TEDxDelft event of the 2015-2016 season, on Thursday 16 June. Keep an eye on social media and the blog for more details on what is sure to be a worthwhile sounding off.

On Thursday, April 24th TEDxDelft organized its third cinema event, entitled “Vermeer then and now,” to discuss the commercialization of art. “Vermeer is returning to Delft,” TEDxDelft project manager Molly Quell said. “So we wanted to do something about this.”

The event was hosted by Anika Duut van Goor, events coordinator for TEDxDelft, and special guest René Jacobs, an artist from Delft. On March 25th a famous Vermeer painting, Het Straatje (The Little Street) returned to Delft. Jacobs talked in-depth about Vermeer, starting off by talking about his own version of The Little Street, which he called The Rundown Little Street. “When I paint a painting of Vermeer I want to get a message across,” Jacobs says. He draws his inspiration from what he sees in the world he feels is wrong and uses that when he paints. To Jacobs, Vermeer’s paintings have something else to them. “There is something special being done with the colors in his paintings.”

“How did you become an artist, a painter?” Duut asks. Jacobs recounts how he started out as an artist relatively late. “I studied economics, I loved mathematics,” he says. He worked for many years, but eventually started making art. He tried writing at first, though he quickly found out that it was not for him. He took a liking to painting, so much so that he eventually would start his own gallery. “My first painting was of a park in Rotterdam. The customer probably wanting something bright, but it turned out grey and gloomy,” he laughs.

Jacobs is saddened when thinking about the way the paintings are made is changing. Technology continues to evolve, and art follows along. “Nowadays production is very different from what it used to be. Sometimes I do not even see the physical painting anymore,” he says. “I make a design in Photoshop, send it to the customer. They agree, then it goes to a printing-house, and from there to the customer.” So how would an artist know if the painting is any good if the artist does not see his work anymore? “Seeing it in front of you is far more satisfying,” Jacobs concurs. “But it all goes digitally, you do not see it. There is far more distance between you and the work.” When asked if Jacobs sees any similarities between him and Vermeer, there is one, one which exemplifies their love of painting: “The stroke of the brush on the canvas.”

On Friday, April 15th TEDxDelft will host its main event of 2016 at TU Delft. Buy your tickets now, and come celebrate the universal genius.


On Thursday 18 February TEDxDelft hosted its third storytelling event of the season, entitled ‘The Lonely Hearts Club.’ Hosting the night’s event were Marijn Vissers and Cor Hoeve, two colleagues and professional storytellers. To them, telling a story is a way of expressing oneself. “Each one of you has a story to tell,” Hoeve begins.

He goes on to describe a previous relationship, in which he asked his then girlfriend how she would feel about having an open relationship, to which she agreed. But when talking about it with her some time later, he found out that while he had not acted upon it, she had. “I did not know what had happened, and it drove me crazy, all kinds of scenarios go through your mind.” In the end, he says it is best to know it all.

Next it was up to Vissers to tell his story of relationships. At first he was not interested in committing to one person. But then one day he sat next to a man, and they started talking. Before he knew it he would be in a relationship, sitting at the dining table every night at 18:00 waiting for his boyfriend. But his boyfriend would come home later and later, and jealousy got a hold of Vissers. He left the house, left the country, but came back eventually. He missed his boyfriend, and decided to be honest. They have been together now for 33 years.

Stories can have a very powerful effect on people. Vissers told the story of a teenager, living in a closed institution, an environment which does more bad than good. He asked the boy to tell about a beautiful part of his life. “Telling the story changed him, now he tells his story to others hoping to inspire them.” The power of telling a story can be remarkable. “And I know everyone in this room has one.”

 TEDxDelft Events

On Thursday 18 February at 20:00 TEDxDelft will host its next storytelling event at the Rietveld Theater. With Valentine’s Day taking place only days before, TEDxDelft Stories will turn the spotlight on those who deserve some loving too: the lonely hearts club.

The event will be held in English and admission is free, so come join us for an evening filled with stories and TEDx videos on matters of the heart.

Special thanks to:

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On Thursday 21 January TEDxDelft hosted its first event of 2016. It was the second Cinema event of the season, entitled ‘We’ve got the power,’ focussing on feminism. Hosting the event on the evening was TEDxDelft’s very own Ailie Conor.

The representation of women in popular media is what angers Conor in particular. Modern culture portrays women in specific roles, as certain stereotypes, creating unrealistic expectations of women. “It is difficult watching a movie, or a TV show, or reading a book not to feel saddened by these renditions,” she clarified.

“Society seems to hate teenage girls, showing them being frivolous, looking vapid by taking a selfie,” Conor said. The media, when dealing with teenage girls, often shows them as flat characters exhibiting only a couple of character traits. Yet there are strong women who can be great role models. “Someone like Stevie Nicks perhaps,” she said. Women are too often portrayed in the same roles, which makes it all the more important when they do play the part usually reserved for men.

According to Conor, what is important in improving the depiction of women is accountability. “By choosing the shows we see and the books we read,” she explained. Selecting those which do represent women, real women. Or by portraying women in roles traditionally left to men, thereby turning tropes around. “Make a difference by making choices,” she concluded. “By seeking those narratives, those voices, which are not always listened to.”