Discovering the power of poetry with Ghanaian Poet, Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey at TED2023 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
The TED2023 conference happening in Vancouver, Canada from April 17 – 21, 2o23 is set to be a memorable one, and among the impressive lineup of speakers and presenters is Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey, a Ghanaian poet known for her captivating performances and moving spoken word pieces.
Apiorkor is slated to lead a 90-minute Discovery Session titled “Everyone is a Poetry” which she aims to express her distinct perspectives on how words possess immense power and impact on society and the pursuit of social justice.
With her exceptional talent, she combines spoken word, music, and visual art, resulting in a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience for her spectators. Her shows are not just aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking, but also motivating, encouraging individuals to voice their opinions and drive change.
Apiorkor, a TED Alumni Speaker and a participant in the 2023 Speaker Ambassador Cohort, will assume the role of a “Speaker Ambassador” at the TED2023 Conference. In this capacity, she will provide mentorship to one or two speakers during the event.
During her Discovery Session at TED2023, Apiorkor will explore the role of poetry in promoting social change and empowering marginalized communities. She will share her insights on how poetry can be used as a tool for activism, amplifying marginalized voices, and inspiring collective action. Through interactive exercises and discussions, she will invite participants to engage with poetry in a new way, exploring how it can be used to connect individuals across cultural, linguistic, and geographic boundaries.
What’s exciting about Apiorkor’s session is that she will not only be sharing her own experiences and perspectives but also empowering attendees to harness the power of poetry in their own lives and communities. Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of how poetry can transform society and the tools to use it as a force for good.
It’s worth noting that Apiorkor’s inclusion in the lineup of speakers at TED2023 is not only a testament to her incredible talent but also to the growing recognition of the power of art in promoting social change. As we continue to face significant social and political challenges globally, the role of art and creativity in inspiring change is becoming more critical than ever.
Apiorkor is part of a growing movement of artists and creatives who are using their talents to inspire social change and make a difference in the world. We’re excited to see her take the stage at TED2023, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
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The conference aims to expand the imagination by exploring how seemingly unrelated ideas can be connected, inspiring conversations, and initiating meaningful learning and change. TED conferences bring together experts and thought leaders from diverse fields to share their knowledge and perspectives with a global audience.
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