Salon event

Salon events are often small weekly or monthly events that keeps a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events. It’s a unique kind of gathering that TEDx organizers hold which allows the conversation to continue, in person.

About this event type

Salon events are open to TEDx organizers of standard, university and internal events. In other words, you need to have one of these specific TEDx event licenses in order to apply for a salon event license.

At a TEDx salon, attendees watch TED Talks, sometimes host a few speakers (though it’s not required) and have informal discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage your community and team during the time between your official TEDx events, and spark discussion on issues of interest to your local community.

All TEDx rules apply to a salon license, but with a few exceptions:

  • Salons can only feature live speakers if you have completed a TEDx event with live speakers. If you have not, your salon event can only feature TED Talk videos.
  • A minimum of three events must be held a year to qualify as a salon event license.
  • Salon events can feature as many as (but no more than) four live speakers.

The following also applies to salon events:

Naming your event

The naming convention for a TEDx Salon Event means just adding “salon” to the end of your TEDx event name (e.g., “TEDxNYUSalon”).


A salon event audience can be the same people who have attended your previous TEDx event(s), and/or other people within your community. It’s up to you!


Salon events can hold a maximum 100 guests. Salons are intended for smaller groups, which sparks a more productive discussion.


Unlike other TEDx events, salon events may focus on a single subject area, rather than have a broader theme. But each salon event in your series must explore a different subject. (In other words, you can’t organize multiple salons around the same subject.) The themes should not overlap with separate event types, such as TEDxWomen or TEDxYouth - these have separate licenses.


Unlike other TEDx events, salons are shorter in length, and can only hold a maximum of two sessions. (TEDx event sessions are about 90 minutes long.)


If you are just showing talks, attendance to the event must be free, if you have live speakers you may charge up to $100 USD per ticket to attendees, based upon TEDx ticket price approval.