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TEDSummit 2016 kicks off: Photo gallery

It’s the Saturday before the start of TEDSummit, and while the conference staff are prepping and speakers are rehearsing, a few of the tribes gathering this week in Banff got things started a little early.

The TEDx Global Forum, an advisory group of TEDx hosts from all over the world, met up on Saturday to think on big questions about the TEDx program … and where it can grow next.

TEDx Global Forum at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Two TEDx hosts connect before the TEDx Global Forum meeting at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Post-it notes on a windo reflect the mountains of Banff outside, in a scene from the TEDx Global Forum meeting at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Post-it notes on a window reflect the mountains of Banff outside, in a scene from the TEDx Global Forum meeting at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Our TED Fellows also started the conference early; TEDSummit brings together past fellows from many different years, so they took time to reconnect at a dinner Friday night, then rehearsed their talks on Saturday morning — then took a gorgeous hike.

Musician "Blinky" Bill Sellanga, TED Fellows director Tom Rielly, physicist Jedidah Isler and entrepreneur Sangu Delle reconnect at a dinner for the TED Fellows at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Musician “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, TED Fellows director Tom Rielly, physicist Jedidah Isler and entrepreneur Sangu Delle connect at a Friday-night dinner for the TED Fellows at TEDSummit 2016, June 24, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

TED Fellow Majala Mlagui on a hike before TEDSummit 2016, June 26, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

TED Fellow Majala Mlagui on a Saturday afternoon hike at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

And the gathering tribe of TED Translators shared dinner and a ride on Lake Louise before their Sunday workshop.

50 TED Translators gather at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

50 TED Translators gather at TEDSummit 2016, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

TED Translators connect at the TEDSummit 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

TED Translators connect at the TEDSummit 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

While all this was going on, our conference team was hard at work getting the big show ready for the arrival of the main body of conference attendees. The conference kicks off Sunday night; look for coverage of the mainstage talks here and on the @TEDTalks Twitter account.

Backstage at TEDSummit 2016 in the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre, June 26, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Backstage at TEDSummit 2016 in the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre, June 25, 2016, Banff, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

And all around us, Banff just keeps on Banffing:

Banff, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Banff, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED