A message from our Curators…


Oxford Dictionaries’ annual ‘Word of the Year’ last year was ‘Youthquake’.

It’s fair to say 2017 was a sobering year of trials and tribulations in the UK and abroad with shock and uncertainty being the only things we could bank on. It was a year of political change, with young people tipping the balance of power, showing up, showing out, and using their voices (and their votes), the ramifications ofwhich were still being grappled with throughout this year too.

Young people have caused a youthquake - a term originally coined in the 1960s by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland to describe how British youth were changing fashion and music around the world, it is now defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people” - and we are better for it.

With this in mind and with the farce of Brexit looming above our heads, we put our heads together and decided our small contribution to the ongoing conversation would be the curation of the next TEDxYouth@Brum event. As producers, curators, and community organisers, between us our work focuses on centring the voices of the most marginalised in our communities, including our nation’s young people - the collateral damage to the mistakes of people far older, who really should know better.

Having witnessed the success of the first TEDxYouth@Brum conference, which focused on courage, we felt empowered to continue the marvellous legacy and pay homage to Birmingham’s young people, especially as Birmingham itself has been noted as one of the ‘youngest’ cities in Europe.

This year, continuing our partnership with Hippodrome, the theme of our conference is An Age of Change. Layered in its meaning, this is a theme calling on all involved to explore what it means to be a young person today, navigating the many changes that are typical of adolescence and early adulthood as well as bearing witness to the many changes taking place locally, nationally and internationally. What does Brexit mean for young people in and outside of the UK? What does it mean to be a global citizen? What part can we play in meaningfully tackling the challenges posed by climate change and environmental damage - one of the biggest challenges of this generation? Is change always good or often bad? How can we survive it and thrive, even?

We invite you all to help us answer, or at least explore, these questions and more on Wednesday 27th March 2019in the glorious Patrick Studio. 

As well as inspiring speakers to amaze and thrill you, we promise entertainment and food, opportunities to network and of course lots of fun. We’re especially excited to introduce our Schools Salons programme this year too - more about that later - as well as upscaling our livestream parties element. We want to reach as many of you in person and digitally as possible.

Keep an eye on this website and our social media in the coming weeks and  months for the information you need and don’t forget to grab your ticket right here: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/tedxyouthbrum-2019/

We can’t wait to meet you in March and spend the day exploring and (re)imagining together - let the countdown to the big day begin!

Siana Bangura & Zeddie Lawal
TEDxYouth@Brum 2019 Co-Curators