TEDxStockholm Announces Performers for “Crossroads” Event

Press Release   •   Nov 07, 2016 13:37 CET

Stockholm, 7 November 2016. TEDxStockholm has now announced details of two artists – the Lithuanian musician Jurgis Didziulis and the Swedish rapper Cleo -- who will be performing during the “Crossroads” event to be held in Stockholm on 21 November. This event will also feature live TED-format talks about ideas worth spreading, presented by speakers from a variety of fields in design, entertainment, and technology. The event will be in English.

Jurgis Didžiulis does not just play music. He uses it as a means of intervention, catalysis and other social alchemy. A thriving chameleon on the Lithuanian music scene for well over 10 years, Jurgis has experimented with various styles and formats, written numerous hits, won awards, represented LT in Eurovision and opened shows for the likes of Mika and Juanes.

Jurgis seamlessly mixes his passion for music and social phenomenon. He is out to prove being immersed in the artistic experience is much more powerful and stimulating than just consuming it passively. “From Spectate to Participate”, is a medley of music, ideas, and interaction that demonstrates art is not just there to entertain us.

Cleo is called the mama of Swedish rap and has spent more than 10 years on the hiphop scene, alone and together with artists as Linda Pira, Adam Tensta, Alina Devecerski, Looptroop Rockers, Kristin Amparo, Syster Sol, Mwuana och Trainspotters.

She released her first single in 2007 and her debut album in 2010. She has together with Vanessa Marko founded the feministic music collective ”Femtastic"". Her engagement has also resulted in the creative collective ”Random Bastards” and the well-known campaign ”Fatta”against sexual harassments.

Cleo is a respected and loved live artist. She was awarded the title ”Live act of the year” at the Kingsize gala 2015, ”Live of the year” at the Manifest gala 2016 and was nominated to ”Guldmicken"" (the golden mike) at the P3 Guld gala in 2015. No-one is left unaffected when Cleo is on stage! At TEDxStockholm Crossroads, she will perform doing two songs from her latest album ”Vi har sagt allt” (We’ve said it all).

Names and details of the speakers for this event will be announced during the weeks before 21 November. Five of the event speakers have already been announced: Alexander Ekman, Truls Nord, Eva-Karin Gidlund, Milène Larsson and David JP Phillips .

Crossroads will be held at the Münchenbryggeriet in Södermalm, at Torkel Knutssongatan 2, 1118 25 Stockholm. The nearest Tunnelbana station is Mariatorget (Torkel Knutssongatan exit). Tickets start at 299SEK and are available from the online ticket seller Billetto athttp://billet.to/s/pr. The event will be from 15:00 to 20:00. Doors open at 14:00 and there will be an after mingle from 20:00 to 21:00.


Alexander Ekman is an International choreographer / Director creating pieces for opera houses, theaters and museums. He also directs films and music videos as well as live performances in pop up locations. Ekman is known for his fast paced timing, witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work which the majority can relate and connect with. Since 2006, he has devoted his time creating pieces which both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the audience, and to always surprise and entertain the audience.

A researcher on the effects of exercise on a molecular level, Eva-Karin Gidlund works at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet. Eva-Karin’s passion for sports and human biology research have awarded her several scholarships, and made her a frequent lecturer and public science profile outside of the academia. Ultimately her passion is what makes her an excellent TED-profile. A personal motto of Eva-Karin’s is “little is better than none.” In her talk Eva-Karin will bring us the vital science worthy knowing whenever we exercise, or perhaps even more, when we chose not to.

Truls Nord is an artist working with film, photographs and installations, with the intention to inspire, encourage or push his audience to lead a personal, economical and ecological sustainable life. In 2011 Truls initiated and lead the project Tactile Photography, where a new method for creating tactile photographs was developed. The method makes it possible for people without sight to experience both content and atmosphere in photographs and other complex images, which makes it unique among ways to create tactile images.

Truls is co-founder of FLUST, an organization promoting artistic diversity, accessibility and civic engagement through collaborative projects.

Journalist and documentary filmmaker Milène Larsson has been working for VICE since 2004. She’s been the Scandinavian editor and European Managing Editor of VICE Magazine and now she primarily produces and hosts documentaries for VICE News, such as the award-winning films Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia, Israel’s Radical Left and Istanbul Rising, and the British Media Awards winning documentary series on the humanitarian and political crisis unfolding at Europe’s borders Europe or Die, born out of an on-going commitment to document the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe and the forces tasked to keep them out.

David JP Phillips is an international speaker, author and coach in Modern Presentation Skills. He bases his training and materials on the background of neuroscience and biology which makes his deliveries very hands on, practical and motivational. He is best known for his seminar “How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint” delivered at TEDx in 2014.

About TEDxStockholm

Inspired by the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, the TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently by local volunteers, under a free license granted by TED and include both live speakers and TED event videos. One of the first organizers of local TEDx events in the world, TEDxStockholm has organized twenty-five events since the first on 6 June 2009 and organizes both major events with live speakers and regular “Salon” events.