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TEDxYouth@Brum Press Release

On Wednesday 11 October 2017, the city’s first ever TEDxYouth@Brum event will take place at Birmingham Hippodrome. TEDxYouth events happen all year round in schools and local communities and are designed to empower and inspire young people through ‘ideas worth sharing’.

The TEDx movement found its way to Birmingham five years ago when TEDxBrum was led and curated by Anneka Deva. The success of the event year after year has found TEDxBrum going into its fifth, biggest and boldest event themed ‘Perspectives’, curated by Immy Kaur and her team.  The movement has now inspired a group of young volunteers from all over the city to set up a version for young people aged 16 - 25, TEDxYouth@Brum. Immy says “it’s really exciting to see TEDxBrum expanding, and in Europe’s youngest city it’s only right that TEDxYouth@Brum is next. We are excited to be supporting a team creating a TEDx for young people, by young people.”

The TEDxYouth@Brum team are from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and disciplines passionate about the issues facing young people today. Their roles vary from production, to visual communications, to outreach to partnerships and sponsorship. It is these volunteers who are driving the event forwards; finding incredible speakers and performers to help make the 11th October full of magic and charm. TEDxYouth@Brum will run an outreach programme with TEDxBrum to visit schools, youth hubs and public spaces to extend the impact of TEDx beyond the walls of the event and continue its legacy.

The inaugural event will explore the theme of ‘Courage’ through a curated series of 14 incredible talks and 6 phenomenal performances delivered by some of our most epic leaders and civic changemakers. The theme was curated and co-designed in conversation with young people from the team and from across the city. Guided by Mandela’s famous quote, “courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it”, 'Courage' feels resonant to thousands of young people who are having to ‘find their brave’ to overcome growing uncertainty they face in their futures. We want to create intellectual but still accessible conversations that expose over 200 young people aged 16 -25 to mind blowing ideas that will stretch, challenge and inspire them to be better and to help make this city better. The curator of TEDxYouth@Brum is a former TEDxBrum host (2014) and speaker (2016). Anisa Haghdadi says “I think it’s a testament to Birmingham that we’re able to grow the TEDx platform to tailor an event specifically for young people. It's never felt so critical to nurture spaces which recognise the fears of young people AND give them spaces to cultivate hope".

TEDxYouth@Brum was launched at Impact Hub Birmingham, Digbeth, on Monday 31 July 2017 with an audience of nearly 100, the same number of people at the first ever TEDxBrum event in 2013.

The TEDxYouth@Brum team are now looking for partners, sponsors and allies to help make this event a reality. Tickets to attend the event will be made available via Birmingham Hippodrome’s website in September 2017.

2017 launch 

31st July 2017, Impact Hub Birmingham

Notes for editors

Curator of TEDxYouth@Brum is Anisa Haghdadi, enquiries should be directed to

TEDxYouth@Brum’s #Courage will be held at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Centre on Wednesday 11th October 2017

Curator of TEDxBrum is Immy Kaur, enquiries should be directed to

TEDxBrum #Perspectives will be held at Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 15th October 2017

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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.