#TEDxYouthCT celebrates diversity

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In the spirit of celebrating our unique heritage this month, 8 young speakers between the age of 16 to 24 years, take to the [email protected] stage to share their take on the importance of embracing our diversity as South Africans. This annual independently organised TEDx event takes place at Bergvliet High School on Friday, 13 October at 7pm, and will provide a platform for the Mother City’s youth to voice their ideas worth spreading, as part of a TED-like experience. To support our dynamic speakers, tickets can be purchased via Quicket at R60 each.

Owing to the theme of ‘Embracing Diversity’, this year’s group of dynamic speakers will unpack topics such as gender inequality, understanding societal structures, discovering self-love and exploring multiplicity in design.

“Giving back to the local community is an integral part of this year’s experience”, said Sian Gibbs, the curator of the 2017 [email protected] event. “Our very motto is ‘for the youth, by the youth”, added Gibbs. Parallel to the speaker workshops and event run-up, the [email protected] team is actively campaigning a ‘Pile of Books’ drive to benefit the Hanover Park Secondary School, with all ticket sales supporting this initiative. “We challenge the Cape Town community to donate reading and educational books to help us fill the shelves of the school library.”

Guests can look forward to...

  • The participation of a local TED-Ed Youth Club and other youth development groups

  • The guest speaker journey of a self-accomplished, successful Cape Town entrepreneur and humanitarian, Marietta Hopley.

  • The Bergvliet High School brass band celebrating the theme with their upbeat, authentic African music; complemented by the guest appearance of Elandré Schwartz – an upcoming, recording artist who will be taking the audience on his own musical journey from student to instant fame.

2017 #TEDxYouthCT Speaker Line-up: Find more about each speaker and their journey to the TEDx stage:

  1. Lauren Brooks

  2. Miranda Bambata

  3. Pozisa Manisi

  4. Qaqamba Sibayi

  5. Tavonga Clarah Chauke

  6. Vuyo Joboda

  7. Matthew Green

  8. Caitlyn Roux

For media interviews, contact the [email protected] Curator, Sian Gibbs at [email protected] or 083 940 4635.

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About TEDx, x=independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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