City Focus: Wellington

The city of Wellington in New Zealand grabs our City Focus this week for hosting their 30th volume in - believe it or not - a beautiful Gothic cathedral, replete with a hug-your-neighbor moment! Certainly a tremendous space in which to celebrate PechaKucha Wellington's big milestone! Hallelujah!

Poster for PKN El Paso Vol. 14

PechaKucha Night El Paso caught our eye this week with its lemony-yellow, funky poster for Vol. 14! Bright colors are just what we needed. Head to our Tumblr page, to see more cool poster designs that PechaKucha Night inspires designers from all over the world to make!

PK People: Maria Jose Garcia

PechaKucha People highlights Monterrey organizer, Maria Jose Garcia! As an architect, traveler, design lover and a mom, she's lived and worked all over the world. Her passion for public spaces and design with social impact, lead her to co-found MAKA GREEN in 2010, an NPO promoting design for social innovation.

Presentation of the Day


Mary Ciani

artist, self employed in College Station

"A few springs ago, I looked out over San Francisco Bay and I saw the city rising in the distance, above the fog, and I thought - I am going to draw water!"

In "Art of Warning: Making of the Flood Drawings" from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 8, artist Mary Ciani presented “Flood”, her recent series – from drawings of living in harmony with first rivers to urgent ones warning of storm and final deluge. She looks, too, at visionary artists with images of the past, future, inventive assemblage, and spiritual connection. Even a prayer to the earth is included here. The drawings were collected into a book and art show. 


Past Presentations of the Day


Freeing Your Mind Through Freestyle

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

“I am the artist, the skateboard is my stencil and the world is my sketchbook.” 

In Freeing Your Mind Through Freestyle from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol.13, Jacob Whitt, a 23-year-old professional freestyle skateboarder shared his passion for the art of freestyle skateboarding. Skateboarders know the feeling of freedom when they finally begin the trick, the trick that makes our world no longer run in seconds, but in milliseconds. In that moment when nothing else matters, when your heart is set free, your body is moving and your mind is trying to absorb the myriad of amazing feelings that overwhelm, up until the trick is over - and it is then time for the next one.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. 


The Secret Power of Cosplay

@ VOL 139 ON SEP 28, 2016

"The thing about cosplay is that it unites people."

In "The Secret Power of Cosplay" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol.139Fenix D' Joan the creator of CosFashion, a blend of cosplay and fashion, which recaptures that magic and power. From at what age do we forget the magic of playing make believe and stop relying on one of our greatest powers?

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, October 21st, 2016. 



Minds In the Cloud

@ VOL 3 ON JUL 21, 2016

"Some digital media truly fosters social harmony. No matter what tragedies occur, Instagram’s open exchange of art and beauty, streaming 24/7, improves human condition, as well as my own."

In "Minds In the Cloud" from PechaKucha Night Three Oaks Vol. 3, Kate Ryan shares the community of photographers she's met through Instagram. With permission and participation of these well recognised artists, Kate opens up the stunning visual variety of images emerging from around the world.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 20th, 2016.


Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits

@ VOL 18 ON AUG 24, 2016

"What I love about the medium, is that it’s innate honesty. A drawing lets slip its own history."


In "Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits" from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 18Greer Townshend shares her passion for and practice of drawing.  Her work is frequently underpinned by the concept of fragility, whether related to the process of memory, language or the self. Greer's practice combines portraiture and elements of nature, inferring an inherent connection between the two, and denoting life cycles. Greer will be talking about her take on ‘creating’ contemporary portraiture including her current fascination with all things 'flowering'.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, October, 21st, 2016.