Every year National Geographic sends out their top filmmakers, researchers, writers and photographers to talk about their work. We were lucky to catch a few of these talks and we’re so happy we did. Here are four reasons we think you should attend this incredible series. National Geographic Live talks are held at Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Adult tickets are $18-26, youth tickets are $9-$13. See the full list speakers who will present in Olympia here.
1. You might just learn something
The point of these talks is to educate. Whether it’s about a friendly grizzly bear named Brutus or a detailed look at the life and work of famous photographer Sam Abell, National Geographic Live educates its audience about real events in history and real things going on in the world today. And you’ll hear it all straight from the explorer’s mouth.
2. The speakers are really good
When we told you that these talks were educational you might have pictured yourself snoozing in a chair. Let’s face it, educational lectures aren’t always thrilling. But, these speakers make it worth it. They’re fantastic and we’re not just saying that. Not only are they incredibly passionate about their work, they’re rehearsed and inspiring. This isn’t their first time in front of a crowd and they know how to tell stories that wrap around some thought provoking ideas. They really are what make these talks worth wild. They also are available for a few questions from the audience after their presentation.
3. The visuals are incredible
Leave it to National Geographic to blow you away with its photography. These talks don’t just tell you a story, they let you see it. I highly recommend seeing Sam Abell in March. He started out as an intern for National Geographic and developed into one of the most praised photographers of his generation. As a young boy in Ohio, Abell learned to love the simplicity of flat horizons and to value what he calls “quiet images.” His photographic journey is exquisite and should not be missed.
4. You might just believe in the magic and wonder of the world again
Remember when you were a kid and the world just felt so massive and remarkable? A time before you got caught up in your work or school. A time when your backyard felt like an infinite playground full of mystery and adventure. For most of the National Geographic speakers, this feeling about the world hasn’t altered much from their childhood. The universe is their backyard and they live for the thrill of exploring it. They expose things you never knew and add more dramatic facts to the things you thought you knew everything about. Through their outlook on the world, you’ll transport back to your youthful state of mind when anything felt possible and the Earth was a marvelous abyss. If you never lost the magical, childish feeling, you’ll be reunited with your own kind.
Image: Casey Anderson. Taken by Rick Smith/Grizzly Creek Films.