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    August 21, 2017
    Portsmouth’s Own Monte Bohanan, Stephanie Lazenby to Host
    5th Annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver
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    Tickets On Sale at Noon, Monday, August 21
    Portsmouth, NH -- Monte Bohanan, director of marketing and communications at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, and Seacoast author, performer and teacher Stephanie Lazenby will host this year’s TEDxPiscataquaRiver, Friday, September 8, from 9 am - 5 pm, at Portsmouth’s 3S ArtSpace. A limited number of tickets to the highly-anticipated event go on sale this Monday, August 21, at noon. Tickets are $55 per person and available at www.TEDxPiscataquaRiver.com.

    “Last year was the first time the public was able to purchase tickets to TEDxPiscataquaRiver and they sold out in 25 hours,” says Crystal Paradis, event organizer. “We anticipate a quick sellout this year, so set your alarms!”

    The day-long event, hosted by features local, regional and national presenters from the worlds of business,faith, education, innovation, philanthropy, athletics, music, art, and advocacy. The audience can interact and play with a series of immersive art-making experiences, both individualized and collaborative, all exploring the question “what are my terms?” These immersive experiences are concepted and created by Circulus Arts.

    The TEDxPiscataquaRiver Ticketing Model
    The TEDxPiscataquaRiver audience is a mix of curated attendees (i.e. student delegates, nonprofit, and community leaders) and general ticket holders from business, arts, tech, and creative industries.
    Determining who attends TEDxPiscataquaRiver is based on the principles of diversity and inclusiveness. “We have thoughtfully and strategically developed a ticket distribution model that we feel will strikes a balance between making the event accessible to the public while ensuring a diverse audience that spans a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines,” says Paradis.

    From 2012 to 2015, TEDxPiscataquaRiver had a license allowing only 100 attendees. To ensure an audience representing all of the community and students, 25% of tickets (25 seats) were available for free by public lottery. Starting in 2016, TEDxPiscataquaRiver’s license has enabled the event to expand beyond than 100 people; capacity at 3S Artspace is 200. “We expect demand to exceed capacity,” says Paradis, “so we provide alternative ways for the public to participate in the day. It's our goal to continue to make the event available to more people each year.

    More information on the event, speakers, partners and email alert signups is available at http://tedxpiscataquariver.com/

    Underwriting Partners currently include: Charity Starts Here, DTC Lawyers, HubSpot, Mulhern & Scott, The Music Hall, Northeast Credit Union, Optima Bank, Proximity Lab, Swell Media, and the University of New Hampshire. Production Partners include: 3S Artspace, Circulus Arts, DECK, DJ Skooch, Liz Favini Design, Kate & Keith Photography, Manypenny Murphy Architecture, PMAC, Raya on Assignment, and Seacoast Flash.
    About TEDxPiscataquaRiver
    TEDxPiscataquaRiver is a community-organized event where big ideas and challenges that affect our community are openly discussed.

    Our mission is to spark conversation and ignite positive community action by bringing together community representatives and showcasing new ideas from local, regional and national voices across diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

    About TEDx ( x= independently organized event)

    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized 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 in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations). Since 2009, more than one billion people have viewed TEDx talks worldwide.

    What is TED?

    TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference on the west coast bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, attracting A-list attendees and speakers who want to be associated with everything the TED brand embodies. TED produces two annual conferences along with the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. Follow TED on Twitter @TEDTalks; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.