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Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) are very pleased to be supporting two fantastic events this September – the Winchester Heritage Open Days festival from 11 to 20 September and the first ever TEDx Winchester on 18 September.

Winchester Heritage Open Days is now in its fifth year and the annual festival offers the chance to discover hidden places, hear fascinating and unusual stories, learn new skills and try out new experiences. And this year, even with the challenges of COVID-19, is going to be no different! In fact 2020 is going to be extra special, as for first time ever the festival is going to be offering online events.

Digital events will include pre-recorded walks and talks, live streaming of lectures and performances, and specially commissioned films and audio. Nearly all of which will be available via the 2020 Festival Playlist, which means visitors will be able to participate in activities much further afield and explore even more hidden places and local gems from the comfort and security of their armchair.

The in-person events, fewer than usual because of COVID-19, will include workshops, walking tours, brewery tours and open days. Visit the 2020 plans on the Winchester Heritage Open Days website for more information. We particularly recommend the Behind the Business and Hidden Nature films featuring local businesses.

TEDx Winchester was originally planned to take place in March at the University of Winchester’s new West Downs Centre, but in response to COVID-19 the team have been working with TED and TEDx organisers from around the world to develop an online event format that is right for this time, as well as powerful and inspiring. TEDx Winchester 2020 will be an incredible experience and feature inspiring talks from speakers and live Q&A sessions, as well as lots of opportunities for delegates to network and meet the event partners – including Winchester BID and others.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program 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 program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised and subject to certain rules and regulations.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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