Not all those who wander are lost: Inua Ellams at TEDxHackney

LONDON If you know a little bit CCT, maybe you already know we are promoter of the urban movement conceived by London artist Inua Ellams: The Midnight Run (MNR). I found out his project in the summer of 2011 and I immediately fell in love with it. In September 2012, we organized the MNR in Firenze and Milano for the first time in Italy (and for the first time outside of the UK). In June 2013, we did it in Barcelona (for the first time in Spain). And for 2014, we have already planned two other cities…

On 29th June 2013, Inua Ellams has presented The Midnight Run at TEDxHackneyHere his Talk in a funny and emotional video where you can listen to the story of how the MNR was born by chance on the streets of London in 2006 and see some photos of the first editions… until the most recent ones. Then, in the last 3 minutes, Inua shows a video: the reportage (by our videomaker Guido Baroncelli) of The [Firenze] Midnight Run, 8/9 Sept.’12, the first international MNR.

Last year, Inua talked a bit about the MNR also in his first “TED Talk” (TEDxEuston 2012) – saying, among other things, that he had spent two wonderful weeks in Italy and how he exploded into tears, like a child, at the airport of Milan (Malpensa). There, we had said goodbye to each other with the promise to organize together another MNR, this time in Barcelona. And, on 8th June 2013, so it went. (Soon, photos and video!)


Inua Ellams is an award winning poet and performer, a writer with a style influenced by classic literature and hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme. 2009 saw the debut of his first play ‘The 14th Tale’, which toured nationally, scooping a prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before returning to London for a sold-out run at the Cottesloe, National Theatre. His second play toured nationally for 30 dates including 2 weeks at Soho Theatre in October 2010.

TEDx is a global movement devoted to bringing Ideas Worth Spreading to communities around the globe through independently-organized TED-like events meant to inspire conversation, prompt innovation and create connections.


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