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2017 World TED Conference

Vancouver TED Conference

The 2017 TED Conference takes place in Vancouver on April 24-28 and free and inexpensive videos and live streaming of the event take place all across town.


2018 TED Conference Information

Click TED for details about TED Conferences in general or click Free TED Screenings for information about opportunities to watch talks from the 2018 TED Conference at Lower Mainland libraries in April.


Vancouver TED Conference 2017

Tickets to the live event at the Vancouver Convention Centre are incredibly expensive and have long been sold out, but there are still opportunities to enjoy the show.

Want to take in the 2017 World TED Conference in Vancouver but didn’t get invited to the live show and/or couldn’t afford several thousand dollars for tickets? Then check out the following ways you can experience the event for free or at very little cost:

TED Live Streaming

Live Streaming of the 2017 TED Conference takes place at libraries across the Lower Mainland including in North Vancouver at various times and locations.

TED Talk Viewing at North Van Library
TED Conference screening at the North Vancouver Library

Free TED Viewings in Vancouver

Watch live streaming of the TED Conference for free at the following Vancouver Public Library locations from 8:30 am to 7 pm:

Tuesday, April 25, from 8:30 am to 7 pm

  • Central Branch – in the Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level) at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia.
  • Kitsilano Branch at 2425 MacDonald Street.

Wednesday, April 26, from 8:30 am to 7 pm

  • Central Branch – in the Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level) at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia.
  • Kitsilano Branch at 2425 MacDonald Street.

Thursday, April 26, from 11 am to 7 pm

  • Central Branch – in the Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level) at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia.
  • Kitsilano Branch at 2425 MacDonald Street.

Friday, April 26, from 9:30 am to 12 pm

  • Central Branch – in the Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level) at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia.
  • Kitsilano Branch at 2425 MacDonald Street.
TED Conference Venues
Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Convention Centre

TED Cinema

There will be three official public screenings of the 2017 TED Conference at local cinemas on April 24th, 25th and 30th. See below for the event details, and even further below for the screening locations.

April 24th TED Cinema Event

The Opening Event screening takes place on Monday, April 24, at 8 pm and features 120 minutes of the start to the TED 2017 event. Speakers include Huang Yi (a dancer and choreographer), Joshua Roman (a cellist), Anab Jain (a futurist and designer), Laura Galante (a cyberspace analyst), Titus Kaphar (an artist), Garry Kasparov (a chess grandmaster and analyst), Tim Ferriss (a productivity guru and author), OK Go (a band) and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (a religious leader).

Tickets cost $23 for adults. See below for cinema locations.

April 25th TED Cinema Event

The TED Prize Event is a 120 minute showing of the TED Conference that features a number of speakers and the awarding of a $1 million prize for a world-changing idea. Speakers during the program include Serena Williams (a professional tennis player), Gayle King (a journalist), Atul Gawande (a surgeon & journalist), Anna Rosling Rönnlund (co-founder of Gapminder), Jon Boogz and Lil Buck (movement artists), Raj Panjabi (a physician) and a surprise world famous guest speaker.

Tickets cost $23 and it takes place on Tuesday, April 25th, at 8 pm. See below for cinema locations.

April 30th TED Cinema Event

The TED Highlights Exclusive event is a 120-minute showing of some of the most remarkable talks and highlights of the full TED 2017 conference. The cinema event takes place on Sunday, April 30th, at 4 pm (so after the TED Conference has finished).

Click TED Speakers to see the full list of conference presenters in 2017. Some but not all will be featured in the TED Highlights Exclusive.

Tickets for the TED Highlights Exclusive event cost $23 for adults. See below for cinema locations.

TED Cinema Locations

The three official public screenings of the 2017 TED Conference take place at the following five Lower Mainland theatres:

  • The Park Theatre – at 3440 Cambie Street in Vancouver.
  • Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford – at 200 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver.
  • SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas – at 4700 Kingsway Avenue in Burnaby.
  • SilverCity Riverport Cinemas – at 14211 Entertainment Way in Richmond.
  • SilverCity Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas – at 170 Schoolhouse Street in Coquitlam.

TEDx Conferences in Vancouver

Other TED and TEDx Opportunities

In addition to the annual world TED Conference, there are also smaller and more affordable local TEDx conferences at different times of the year in Vancouver. TEDx events are similar to the international TED Conference, but smaller, far less expensive and lasting a single day instead of several.

For information on Vancouver’s largest TEDx event which takes place in the spring, click TEDxStanleyPark.

For more information about TED and TEDx in Vancouver in general, click Vancouver TED Conferences.

TEDxStanleyPark
TEDxStanleyPark

Other Information

For more information on the international TED Conference in Vancouver, see the TED Conference website.

For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland, click Festivals & Events Calendar or see Vancouver’s April Calendar.