Eight young speakers will take to the TEDxYouth@CapeTown stage soon to share their take on the importance of embracing diversity as South Africans. The speakers are aged between 16 and 24 years and will unpack topics such as gender inequality, understanding societal structures, discovering self-love and exploring multiplicity in design.This annual, independently organised TEDx event takes place at Bergvliet High School on Friday 13 October at 19:00. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Canada and made available for free online.Attendees can look forward to the participation of a local TED-Ed youth club and other youth development groups. Guest speaker Marietta Hopley is a self-accomplished, successful Cape Town entrepreneur and humanitarian. The Bergvliet High brass band will celebrate the theme with their upbeat, authentic African music, complemented by the guest appearance of Elandré Schwartz, a recording artist who will be taking the audience on his musical journey from student to instant fame. Sian Gibbs, the curator of this year’s event, says: “Giving back to the local community is an integral part of this year’s experience. Our very motto is ‘for the youth, by the youth’.” Parallel to the speaker workshops and event run-up, the organising team is holding a book collection drive to benefit Hanover Park Secondary School. Ticket sales for the event will also go to this initiative. “We challenge the Cape Town community to donate reading and educational books to help us fill the shelves of the school library,” says Gibbs. V For more information visit TEDxYouth-CapeTown on Facebook. Tickets cost R60 each and can be bought on Quicket.