On 31, 12, 2012 an explosion of success, creativity, and inspiration hit the capital of Yemen, Sanaa. The first Tedx event in Yemen, which took place at The Movenpick Hotel, was a great success. “I don’t think that I ever dreamt several years later somewhere like Yemen will use the platform to inspire change” said the Ted curator Chris Anderson in a video message.
At a time where the country is going through political turbulences, and sectarian arguments; Tedx Sanaa came with a breeze of fresh air. Unlike other conferences taking place in the country, Tedx did not have a political agenda, and focused on innovation, creativity, and hope. It was entertaining, educational and covered many important issues in a light hearted and practical manner.The amount of talents, knowledge, and experiences that were shared were remarkable and extremely valuable.
A series of contradicting emotions took over the audience as we listened; we laughed, cried, and clapped.There were 19 speakers that covered many important issues such as illiteracy, water preservation, Yemeni identity, ..etc. These speakers shared their personal stories, provided practical knowledge, and were a great way to showcase a small percentage of Yemeni talents.
“Act in spite of your fear, when you get to the other side of fear, you will find great rewards” said Bushra Al Mutawakel a Yemeni photographer who broke many cultural taboos such as marrying outside the Hashmi family, perusing photography as a career, and using herself in her artwork. I will leave you to watch this video & will post some of the Tedx Sanaa videos I liked in the near future.