City Focus: Galashiels

This week's City Focus heads to Scotland to the Borders region main hub, Galashiels, whose Pechakucha Nights are off to a running start with two smashing PKNs behind them and one coming up at the end of August. Check out some of the inspiring creativity coming out of PKN Galashiels!

PKN Vancouver Vol 40!

A funky salute goes out to PKN Vancouver for this hyper cool poster by Maria Stanciulescu for their next big milestone, Vol. 40! There are always great new PKN posters to check out on our Poster Tumblr. Go check it out and be inspired to make a poster for your next PKN!

PK People: Zara Wood

PechaKucha Person of the week, Zara Wood, better known as Woody, is a artist, designer, illustrator, curator and lecturer. In addition to running her own design studio she is PechaKucha City Organizer in Brighton. "I find the format exciting and inspirational. I love how it brings people together!"

Presentation of the Day


Matthew Roberts

Creative Director, Speedtractor in Tokyo

"There aren't many things that have survived this sanitization and overly safety focused modern life like the motorcycle has."

In Two Wheeled Tomorrow from PechaKucha Night Special x MINI @ BMW Group Tokyo Bay, Matthew Roberts makes the case that raw, gritty, internal-combusting motorcycles are here to stay. Roberts argues that custom motorcycles are one of the last outlets for the human desire to be daring and adventurous.

Images Courtesy: Throttle Dolls, Brian Scott Peterson, Cafe Racer Dreams, Hazan Motorworks, El Solitario, Deus Ex Machina, Bikeexif, Pipeburn.


Past Presentations of the Day


Running Dog

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

"Running is as much a stress reliever for dogs as it is for humans."

In Running Dog from PechaKucha Night Akron Vol. 3Beverly Dillon shares how the #RunningDog program has helped dogs become more adoptable, how the program is helping dogs cope with their surroundings, and how the program is enriching the lives of the volunteer runners.

Dillon attended Kent State University and studied Fine Art before launching on a colorful career path. She spent many years as a florist, enjoyed time as a barista and expressed herself as a tattoo artist before becoming certified as a personal trainer. She is an avid runner and offers a dog running service to private clients.
Beverly started the ‪#‎RunningDog‬ program at One of a Kind Pet Rescue in Akron. #RunningDog is a program that allows runners to volunteer their time to give the rescue dogs much needed exercise. The program also uses social media to give the rescue dogs much needed exposure.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, August 24th, 2016. 


Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"I learned how to cook by throwing LSU tailgate parties." 

In Jay Ducote Dishes on Food Network Star from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1Jay Ducote shares the story of when he was on the TV show Food Network Star. Ducote is a food and beverage writer, radio host, culinary personality, professional chef, and self-proclaimed "hugger." He could talk about his numerous television appearances, the fact that he was named one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America by FOX’s MasterChef, his award-winning radio show, his product line, the fact that he has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City this July, or that he'll be opening his first restaurant, Gov't Taco, in 2017. But we only gave him 400 seconds.

This was "PechaKucha of the Week" on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. 


Kri Foundation

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 07, 2016

"One way of using public space is to misuse it. But the other way of using it is to actually be innovative, and there are a lot of fun ways to go about doing it."

In Kri Foundation from PechaKucha Night Chennai Vol. 9Namrata talks about how the Kri Foundation uses art to transform the city's neglected spaces. She shares on the power of art in revamping not only the physical walls of a city, but also the way the community uses it. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, August 24th, 2016.


Art En Vivo

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

Jonathan Childress shares on Art En Vivo, a weekly live screen printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Its aim is to promote the craft of printmaking, empower artists, and engage the community to engage with art.  The project will feature 52 artists in 2016 and travel the world beginning in 2017.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August 22nd, 2016.